Southwesterly 15/25 knots turning south to southeasterly 15/20 knots in the afternoon. Seas: 1.5/2.5 metres, decreasing to 1/1.5 metres during the afternoon. Swell: Southerly 1/1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5/2.5 metres during the morning. Outlook Friday: South to southwesterly 10/15 knots tending south to southeasterly below 10 knots during the day. Seas: Around 1 metre. Swell: Southerly 2/2.5 metres. Outlook Saturday: Southerly 15/20 knots. Seas: Below 1 metre, increasing to 1/1.5 metres during the afternoon. Swell: Southerly 1.5/2.5 metres. Weather: The chance of thunderstorms offshore north of Port Stephens in the morning and afternoon.Issued Thu 04:34 EST
07:32 EST Queensland cotton growers are planting only 20 per cent of the crop they planted last year as the drought continues to take its toll.