Tropical low and Tasman high too close for comfort
A HIGH in the Tasman Sea and a low in the Coral Sea are getting too close to each other for comfort, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.
It's led the bureau to warn Gladstone and the rest of the Capricornia coast that strong winds are heading our way tomorrow.
And bureau weather expert Adam Blazak warned boaties that strong winds are expected to reach 25 to 30 knots with swells of up to 2 meters.
"If you're going out in 25 knots you're either very experienced or have a very big boat," he said.
He said wind from the high swelling into the low will be behind the uncomfortable winds.
"Whenever you get those isobars [on chart above] bunched close together, you know there'll be strong winds there."
The bureau has put the chance of the low developing into a cyclone at "moderate" today, or 20-50 per cent.
But Mr Blazak said that's expect to exceed a 50 per cent chance tomorrow when winds ease in the upper atmosphere over the Coral Sea.
"[It] allows the cyclone to sit in the one spot and reach up to the atmosphere," he said.
Meanwhile, Higgins Storm Chasing is warning the two low pressure systems are expected to track close to islands across the Pacific by the weekend.
They wrote in a Facebook post that the tropical low in the south-west Pacific is expected to intensify on Thursday and Friday to the NNW of Fiji and has a "high potential" of developing into a tropical cyclone.
They are continuing to monitor its developments closely.