Southeasterly winds have been forecast for the region. Picture by Anne Wilkinson.
Southeasterly winds have been forecast for the region. Picture by Anne Wilkinson.

Breezy conditions forecast for Mackay coast

SOUTH-EASTERLY winds will whip up across the Mackay region today.

In its Mackay coastal waters forecast for Bowen to St Lawrence, the Bureau of Meteorology expects a large high over northeast New South Wales to move slowly eastwards and extend a firm ridge along the tropical east coast.

“The ridge will begin to weaken during Friday as the high weakens and moves over the southern Coral Sea,” a Bureau spokesperson said.

In Mackay, south-easterly winds of 15-20 knots will decrease to 10-15 knots during Friday afternoon before turning easterly in the evening.

Inshore winds will be south to southwesterly at 10-15 knots in the early morning, turning east to northeasterly with afternoon sea breezes south of Sarina.

On Saturday, winds will be easterly about 10 knots tending southeasterly 10-15 knots during the afternoon.

Easterly about 10 knots tending southeasterly 10-15 knots during the afternoon. Inshore winds variable below 10 knots in the early morning, tending north-easterly 10 to 15 knots with afternoon sea breezes south of Sarina.