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The Hon Dr Sharman Stone
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Federal Member for Murray
6 June 2004
Planning a weekend out on the water or a beachside barbecue is about to get a whole lot easier for coastal dwellers in Western Australia and the Northern Territory.
Dr Sharman Stone, Parliamentary Secretary responsible for the Australian Bureau of Meteorology said from 8 June, coastal waters forecasts issued by the Bureau for Western Australia and the Northern Territory 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 with services in other states commencing over the following month.
"From 1 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."