Central West Slopes and Plains

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Forecast issued at 4:30 pm EDT on Sunday 29 March 2020.

Weather Situation

A high pressure system in the southern Tasman Sea continues to slowly move towards New Zealand while stretching a ridge to the north coast. As the high moves further east, a cold front is forecast to cross the south of the state late Sunday and during Monday, with an associated low pressure trough pushing through to the northeast. This front is expected to bring more unsettled weather to much of the state, with potential for severe thunderstorms during Monday. Another high will move to the southern Tasman on Tuesday in the wake of the front. An upper level trough is expected to affect the west of the state from Wednesday bringing some unsettled weather which will extend to the remainder later in the week.

Forecast for the rest of Sunday

Partly cloudy. Slight (20%) chance of a shower on the southern plains, most likely later this evening. Near zero chance of rain elsewhere. The chance of a thunderstorm on the southern plains later this evening. Winds northerly 15 to 20 km/h becoming light in the evening.

Monday 30 March

Cloudy. High (80%) chance of showers in the morning and afternoon. The chance of a thunderstorm in the morning and afternoon, possibly severe. Winds northwest to northeasterly 15 to 20 km/h becoming light in the late afternoon. Overnight temperatures falling to between 17 and 20 with daytime temperatures reaching 22 to 28.

Fire Danger
Central Ranges: Low-Moderate
North Western: Low-Moderate
Upper Central West Plains: Low-Moderate
Lower Central West Plains: Low-Moderate

Sun protection 10:00am to 4:00pm, UV Index predicted to reach 7 [High]

7 day Town Forecasts

Precis Icon Location Min Max
Showers. Possible storm. Dubbo 17 23
Showers. Possible storm. Parkes 17 26

Tuesday 31 March

Mostly sunny. Areas of fog in the early morning. The chance of a thunderstorm on the northern plains in the afternoon. Light winds. Overnight temperatures falling to between 13 and 17 with daytime temperatures reaching around 30.

Wednesday 1 April

Mostly sunny morning. Slight (20%) chance of a shower, most likely in the afternoon and evening. The chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon and evening. Light winds becoming northeasterly 15 to 20 km/h during the morning then becoming light during the day. Overnight temperatures falling to between 13 and 18 with daytime temperatures reaching around 30.

Thursday 2 April

Cloudy. High (80%) chance of showers, most likely in the morning and afternoon. The chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon and evening. Heavy falls possible in the south. Light winds becoming north to northeasterly 15 to 20 km/h during the morning then becoming light during the afternoon. Overnight temperatures falling to between 16 and 19 with daytime temperatures reaching the low to mid 20s.

The next routine forecast will be issued at 5:15 am EDT Monday.

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