North Tropical Waters Marine Weather Overview
Tides for Cairns
Tides for Cardwell
forecast windsMonday: W/SW 15/20 kts
Tuesday: W/NW 25/30 kts
Monday: North of Cairns: West to northwesterly 10/15 knots, reaching 15/20 knots offshore. South of Cairns: West to southwesterly 15/20 knots, increasing to 25/30 knots well offshore. Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1.5/2.5 metres outside the reef. Swell: Southeasterly 1.5/2.5 metres, decreasing to 1/1.5 metres by early evening. Tuesday: North of Cairns: West to northwesterly 20/25 knots, reaching 25/30 knots offshore. Winds tending northwesterly 15/20 knots from the late afternoon, reaching 20/25 knots offshore. South of Cairns: Southwest to northwesterly 20/30 knots, with winds above 34 knots possible depending on movement and development of Tropical Cyclone Debbie. Seas: Seas and swell exceeding 4m. Outlook Wednesday: Tropical System Location At 10:0 am EST Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie was located about 205 nautical miles east of Townsville and 135 nautical miles east northeast of Bowen. Centre located near 19.1S 150.4E. Recent movement has been towards the south southwest at 4 knots. Northerly 20/30 knots. Seas: 1/1.5 metres, increasing to 2/3 metres outside the reef. Swell: North to northeasterly around 1 metre.Issued Mon 12:09 EST
Seas: Up to 2.5m
Swell: Up to 2.5m, SE
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