Gale warning for Hervey Bay and Fraser Island waters

A GALE warning has been issued for Hervey Bay and Fraser Island waters by the Bureau of Meteorology.

The bureau issued the warning about 4.45am on Monday for the period until midnight on Tuesday.

South-easterly 25 to 35 knot winds increasing to 35 to 45 knots in the middle of the day have been forecast by the bureau for Fraser Island coastal waters.

The bureau expected the wind to then turn to a southerly 30 to 40 knots in the evening depending on the movement and development of Tropical Cyclone Ita.

Seas of 2-3m were expected,  increasing to 3-5m about midday and large and powerful surf conditions in the evening were expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.

The bureau has predicted the gale warning will remain in place for Fraser Island waters on Tuesday but drop to a strong wind warning for Hervey Bay waters.

For the rest of Monday, the bureau has predicted rain for Hervey Bay and Maryborough, easing to a shower or two during the evening with the chance of a thunderstorm.



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