Friday: North to northwesterly 20/25 knots turning west to southwesterly in the late evening. Winds reaching up to 30 knots offshore in the late evening. Seas: 1.5/2.5 metres. Swell: South to southwesterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1/2 metres offshore. Swell: Easterly 1/1.5 metres. Saturday: Southwesterly 20/30 knots tending westerly 20/25 knots in the late evening. Seas: 1.5/2.5 metres. Swell: South to southwesterly 1/2 metres, increasing to 2/3 metres before dawn. Swell: Easterly 1/1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the morning. Weather: The chance of thunderstorms with possible hail about the south during the morning. Outlook Sunday: West to southwesterly 15/25 knots. Seas: 1/1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5/2.5 metres offshore. Swell: Southwesterly 2/3 metres. Outlook Monday: Westerly 15/20 knots becoming variable about 10 knots during the afternoon then becoming northerly 10/15 knots during the evening. Seas: 1/1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning. Swell: Southwesterly 1.5/2.5 metres.Issued Fri 16:07 EST
16:22 EST Queensland farmers have been told to prepare for "tough times" by state Agriculture Minister John McVeigh, as predictions show the state's drought conditions will intensify.