There are five things to take note of when planning your boating trip:
- Are warnings current for your boating area?
- Are there weather conditions affecting safe navigation and comfort?
- What are the wind trends?
- What are the wave conditions?
- When is the next high and low tide?
When you are out monitor the weather using the mobile website and check for any warnings, especially if wind changes, or storms are predicted. The timing of a frontal passage is sometimes difficult to forecast and the predicted time of arrival may be revised.
The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) provides a round-the-clock forecast and wind warning service for all Australian coastal waters. Warnings are issued when necessary for strong winds (averaging 25 to 33 knots), gale force winds (34 to 47 knots) and storm force (48 to 63 knots). These are updated every six hours. Note that wind gusts may be up to 40 per cent stronger than the average and maximum waves may be up to twice the height of the forecast average wave heights.
When waves are expected to break dangerously close inshore, advisories are included in coastal waters forecasts. Find out more about hazardous surf messages.
The BOM broadcasts forecasts and warnings on HF radio bands, via voice and fax. A Guide to Marine Weather Services is available from the BOM website.
Extensive information about the Bureau’s Marine services is available from their website.