Wednesday: Southwesterly 25/30 knots, reaching up to 35 knots in the far east in the late evening. Squalls up to 45 knots in the southeast. Seas: 3 metres, increasing to 4 metres in the far east. Swell: Westerly 2.5/3 metres, increasing to 3/4 metres in the far west. Thursday: Southwesterly 15/25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots during the early morning. Seas: 2/3 metres, decreasing to 1/2 metres during the morning. Swell: Southwesterly 2/3 metres, increasing to 2.5/4 metres in the far west. Outlook Friday: Southwesterly 15/20 knots. Seas: 1/1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5/2 metres in the far east. Swell: Southwesterly 1.5/2.5 metres. Outlook Saturday: Coast. West to southwesterly 15/20 knots. Seas: 1/1.5 metres. Swell: West to southwesterly 1.5/2.5 metres.Issued Wed 22:00 EST
17:48 EST Queensland cotton growers are planting only 20 per cent of the crop they planted last year as the drought continues to take its toll.