West to southwesterly 15/25 knots, increasing to 20/30 knots this morning and to 30/40 knots in the afternoon. Seas: 2/3 metres, increasing to 3/4 metres during the afternoon. Swell: Southwesterly around 1 metre. Weather: The chance of thunderstorms from the late morning with possible hail. Outlook Friday: Southwesterly 20/30 knots. Seas: 2.5/4 metres, decreasing below 3 metres during the morning. Swell: Southerly 1/2 metres. Weather: The chance of thunderstorms early in the morning, mainly in the east. Possible hail early in the morning. Outlook Saturday: West to southwesterly 25/30 knots easing to 15/20 knots during the morning then becoming variable 5/10 knots during the afternoon with inshore seabreezes to 10 knots. Winds then tending northerly 5/10 knots during the evening. Seas: 2/3 metres, decreasing below 2 metres during the morning. Swell: South to southwesterly 1/1.5 metres.Issued Thu 05:26 EDT
07:55 EDT Farmers in Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory could be able to apply for concessional loans "within weeks", under the Commonwealth's Farm Finance scheme.