WEATHER WARNING: Potential for capsizing on the water

UPDATE: Water Police are warning about the potential hazard of capsizing on the water during the gale force wind warning BOM has predicted today. 

Hervey Bay Water Police Sergeant Paul Bacon said the predicted wind speeds the Bureau of Meteorology has predicted off the coast of Fraser Island and for parts of the South East is potentially hazardous for boaties. 

"Smaller vessels could take on water and there is the potential for sinking or capsizing," Sgt Bacon said. 

Sgt Bacon said it was a good sign to see very few trailers at the boat ramp. 

"People are taking the warnings seriously," he said. 

"You're better to be safe than sorry."

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There is still a gale force marine wind warning in place for Fraser Island Coast, Sunshine Coast Waters, Moreton Bay and Gold Coast Waters.

Winds between 30-35 knots are expected to smash south of Sandy Cape on Thursday. 

The warning has been downgraded from a gale warning to a strong warning on Friday. 

Sergeant Paul Bacon
Sergeant Paul Bacon Brendan Bufi

EARLIER: It dropped to a chilly 9 degrees in the early hours of Thursday morning and climbed slightly higher to 11 degrees at 6am. 

We can expect a traditional winters day as above average temps we've been experiencing return to normal and an added wind chill. 

Wind gusts are expected to reach close to 30km/h in Hervey Bay and 24km/h in Maryborough. 

There is still a gale force marine wind warning in place for Fraser Island Coast, Sunshine Coast Waters, Moreton Bay and Gold Coast Waters, according to the Bureau of Meteorology. 

We can expect possible showers across the Fraser Coast throughout the rest of the week with top temps forecast to reach about 21-22 degrees. 


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