Southwesterly 15/20 knots, reaching 25 knots offshore in the morning, turning south to southeasterly in the afternoon. Seas: 1.5/2.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre in the evening. Swell: Southerly 1/1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5/2.5 metres during the afternoon. Outlook Friday: South to southwesterly 10/15 knots tending west to southwesterly before dawn then turning southerly in the morning. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: Southerly 2/2.5 metres. Outlook Saturday: Southerly about 10 knots increasing to 10/15 knots during the day. Seas: Below 1 metre, increasing to around 1 metre during the afternoon. Swell: Southerly 1.5/2.5 metres. Weather: The chance of thunderstorms, contracting offshore north of Port Macquarie during the evening.Issued Thu 04:34 EST
17:48 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.