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HUNTER COASTAL WATERS WEATHER INFORMATION FOR SUNDAY 18 FEBRUARY 2018

Weather Situation
A high pressure system over the western Tasman Sea is directing southeasterly winds along the north coast and northeasterly winds along the south coast. As the high moves further east, an approaching front over the southern ocean will bring a southerly change to the south coast later tonight or early Monday. In the wake of the front, a new high pressure system will strengthen to the south of Tasmania and extend a ridge along the New South Wales coast, resulting in fresh to strong south to southeasterly winds along the entire coast from late Monday.

Strong Wind Warning for Monday for Hunter Coast. (Wind range: 26 t 33 knots. Seas: Probable wave heigh taround 3 to 5 metres)
Please be Aware
Wind gusts can be 40 percent stronger than the averages given here, and maximum waves may be up to twice the height.
Forecast for Hunter Coast: Seal Rocks to Broken Bay issued by the Bureau of Meterology  at 10:00 AM  for the period ending midnight tonight
Winds:Northeasterly 15 to 20 knots.
Seas:Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres south of Port Stephens during the afternoon.
Swell:Southerly 1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
2nd Swell:Easterly 2 metres.
Weather:Mostly sunny.
Caution:Surf conditions may be more powerful than they appear and are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.

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UV Index - Observations and Alert
Last Observation Protection Alert
At 12:08 PM the UV Index was 10 [Very High] Avoid being outside during midday hours!  Make sure you seek shade!  Shirt, sunscreen and a hat are a must! Sun protection 9:20am to 4:50pm, UV Index predicted to reach 12 [Extreme]

Local Conditions as recorded at the Marine Rescue Radio Base on Nelson Head  at 12:00 PM  today
Temperature Barometric Pressure Winds Seas Inside Waters Port Entrance Cloud Cover Visibility
24.7 degrees 1010 hectopascals and steady 15 knots from the north east 1.5 metres on a swell of 2 metres Choppy Occasional Break 1 eighth 8 nautical miles

Tides and Sunset
The next tide at the heads will be a low of 0.36 of a metre at 5:17pm followed by a high of 1.54 metres at 11:26pm.
Sunset this evening will be at 7:39 pm.

Contact
Up to date weather information is always available on the web at:-
www.marinerescueportstephens.com.au
or by telephoning the Marine Rescue base on:(02) 4981 3585, or
by radio call to 'Marine Rescue Port Stephens' on:-
- 27 megahertz radio:
- VHF radio:
Channel 88, or
Channel 16

View the Bureau Of Meterology Newcastle Radar site.

THIS INFORMATION IS SUPPLIED AS A COMMUNITY SERVICE BY MARINE RESCUE NEW SOUTH WALES
PORT STEPHENS UNIT

Some interesting statistics from Marine Rescue Port Stephens. During the past twelve months -
The Radio Room received and made - The Lifeboats were called out to - On behalf of the Rural Fire Service, the Radio Room managed -
32375 radio and telephone calls of which 14492 were via marine radio. assist 205 vessels in distress with 493 people on board. 660 emergency calls including 265 structure, bush and grass fires and 183 motor vehicle fires and accidents.

NOTE: At certain times of the day and night, Marine Rescue Port Stephens acts as Fire Command for Rural Fire Service brigades in the Lower Hunter and Hunter Valley regions. In that capacity it receives emergency calls from tripple zero, dispatches the brigades, then provides communications support and welfare checks until their eventual return to the station. The number shown under Rural Fire Service Incidents above represents the total number managed since August 2017.
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