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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

6 July 2004

Planning a weekend at the coast?


Wouldn't it be great if you could know today what the weather would be like this Saturday for that early morning surf at Bells Beach or the family picnic at Port Fairy, for example? Well now you can thanks to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology.

Dr Sharman Stone, Parliamentary Secretary responsible for the Australian Bureau of Meteorology said from today [6 July 2004], coastal waters forecasts issued by the Bureau for Victoria will be extended from two days to four days as part of nationally consistent coastal waters forecasts.

"From today, 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.

"These will 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.

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

"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.

"Coastal waters forecasts throughout Australia 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."

For a snapshot of the weather this weekend for the Victorian coast, visit www.bom.gov.au/products/IDV10200.shtml

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