|Swell height||Districts with warnings||3pm forecast wind|
Thursday: Variable 5/15 knots becoming northeasterly in the middle of the day. Seas: Below 1 metre. Swell: Southwesterly 1.5 metres. Swell: Southeasterly around 1 metre. Friday: North to northwesterly 5/15 knots increasing to 15/25 knots in the morning then becoming northwesterly 20/30 knots in the middle of the day. Seas: Below 1 metre, increasing to 1/2 metres during the morning, then to 2/3 metres around midday. Swell: Southwesterly 1.5/2 metres, tending westerly during the morning then increasing to 2/3 metres around midday. Outlook Saturday: West to northwesterly 20/30 knots. Seas: 2/4 metres, decreasing to 1.5/2.5 metres during the afternoon or evening. Swell: Southwesterly 2.5/3 metres, tending westerly 3/4 metres during the afternoon.Issued Thu 10:01 EST
07:23 EST Hunter-based charity Samaritans says increasing unemployment and last month's super storm has led to a doubling in the number of people seeking assistance.