Thursday: Westerly 25/30 knots, reaching up to 35 knots about Banks Strait. Seas: Around 3 metres. Swell: Westerly below 1 metre. Friday: Westerly 20/30 knots, reaching 35/40 knots in the morning, tending west to southwesterly in the middle of the day, southeast to southwesterly 10/20 knots in the afternoon then variable about 10 knots in the evening. Seas: 3/4 metres, decreasing to 1.5/2.5 metres during the morning then to 1.5 metres in the afternoon. Swell: Westerly around 1 metre. Outlook Saturday: Westerly 15/25 knots increasing to 25/30 knots in the middle of the day then decreasing to 20/25 knots in the evening. Seas: 1/1.5 metres, increasing to 2/3 metres during the morning. Swell: Westerly below 1 metre. Outlook Sunday: Westerly 15/20 knots. Seas: 1.5/2 metres, decreasing to 1/1.5 metres during the morning. Swell: Westerly below 1 metre.Issued Thu 22:49 EDT
21:39 EDT Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has called on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to make extra grants available to cyclone-affected farmers in central Queensland.