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Media Release
The Hon Dr Sharman Stone
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Federal Member for Murray

2 July 2004

Planning a day at the coast just got easier


If you are contemplating spending your time next week sailing on the Derwent or Great Oyster Bay or fishing for crays out from Devonport, the Bureau of Meteorology is making that planning easier for you.

Dr Sharman Stone, Parliamentary Secretary responsible for the Australian Bureau of Meteorology said from this week, coastal waters forecasts issued by the Bureau for Tasmania will be extended from two days to four days.

"It is now easier for the Bureau to continuously upgrade forecasts as weather changes happen thanks to improved computer predictions and communications systems," Dr Stone said.

"This means people can be alerted to changes sooner than has been possible in the past, making that weekend fishing trip or day out boating easier to plan."

Dr Stone said Queensland was the first state to receive the service.

"From mid-July this year, four-day coastal waters forecasts for all of Australia's 37,000 km coastline will be a daily feature of weather services from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology," Dr Stone said.

"Forecasts will be consistent throughout Australia and include warnings of strong winds and information on wind strength and direction as well as sea and swell information for up to four days ahead and up to 100 km offshore.

"Forecasts will be issued twice a day, once in the morning between 4 am and 6 am and again in the early evening between 4 pm and 6 pm.

"Updates will also occur during the day if conditions are expected to change."

Commonwealth of Australia