Forecast issued at 4:30 pm EDT on Friday 24 October 2014.
A high pressure system over the Tasman Sea extends a ridge towards the Queensland coast, while a broad trough of low pressure lies across southern and western New South Wales. On the weekend this trough is expected to become more mobile and shift to the northeast under the influence of a passing Southern Ocean front. Many eastern districts, especially on the ranges, are likely to see a continuation of unsettled weather in the afternoons through this period, while the west remains in the grip of a persistent hot airmass. This hot airmass move move over the northeast of the state on Monday. Another trough and associated cold front are forecast to affect the state early in the new week and bring somewhat cooler conditions, especially in the south, although no significant rainfall.
Forecast for the rest of Friday
Clear. Winds northeasterly 20 to 30 km/h turning northerly 15 to 20 km/h in the late evening.
Saturday 25 October
Sunny morning. Slight (20%) chance of a shower in the afternoon. The chance of a thunderstorm inland in the afternoon and early evening. Winds north to northwesterly 15 to 25 km/h tending northeast to southeasterly 20 to 30 km/h in the late afternoon then tending northwest to northeasterly 15 to 20 km/h in the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to around 15 with daytime temperatures reaching 31 to 38.
Fire Danger - Far North Coast: Very High
UV Alert from 8:50 am to 4:10 pm, UV Index predicted to reach 10 [Very High]
Sunday 26 October
Sunny morning. Slight (30%) chance of a shower in the afternoon. The chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon. Light winds becoming north to northwesterly 15 to 20 km/h early in the morning then tending north to northeasterly 25 to 35 km/h in the morning. Overnight temperatures falling to around 16 with daytime temperatures reaching 32 to 38.
Monday 27 October
Sunny morning. Slight (20%) chance of a shower in the afternoon and evening. The chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon. Winds north to northwesterly 15 to 25 km/h tending west to northwesterly 20 to 30 km/h during the day then tending north to northwesterly 15 to 25 km/h during the afternoon. Overnight temperatures falling to between 16 and 19 with daytime temperatures reaching 35 to 41.
Tuesday 28 October
Partly cloudy. Slight (20%) chance of a shower, most likely in the afternoon and evening. Winds northwest to southwesterly 15 to 20 km/h tending northeast to southeasterly during the morning then becoming light during the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to between 18 and 21 with daytime temperatures reaching 30 to 36.
The next routine forecast will be issued at 5:15 am EDT Saturday.