Northern Tablelands Forecast

View the current warnings for New South Wales

Forecast issued at 5:15 am EDT on Wednesday 19 December 2018.

Weather Situation

A weak high pressure system over the northern Tasman Sea extends a ridge to the north coast while a trough over central parts of Australia is moving east. This pattern is drawing hot air from central Australia into inland New South Wales, leading to heatwave conditions in some areas. The trough is expected to deepen later today it enters the far west of the state, then shift further east during Thursday before stalling and weakening about the northern slopes on Friday and Saturday. Shower and storm activity is expected to be generated by the trough over the next couple of days, though cooler conditions are expected in its wake. A high pressure system is forecast to drift across southeastern Australia during the weekend.

Forecast for the rest of Wednesday

Partly cloudy. Areas of fog in the south early this morning. Medium (60%) chance of showers in the south, slight (30%) chance elsewhere, and mainly in the afternoon and evening. The chance of a thunderstorm during this afternoon and evening. Light winds. Daytime maximum temperatures 27 to 33.

Fire Danger
Far North Coast: Low-Moderate
New England: Low-Moderate
Northern Slopes: Low-Moderate

Sun protection 8:20am to 5:20pm, UV Index predicted to reach 16 [Extreme]

7 day Town Forecasts

Precis Icon Location Min Max
Shower or two. Possible storm. Armidale 29
Partly cloudy. Inverell 32
Shower or two. Possible storm. Glen Innes 28

Thursday 20 December

Hot. Partly cloudy. Medium (50%) chance of showers in the south, slight (20%) chance elsewhere. The chance of a gusty thunderstorm the afternoon and early evening. Light winds becoming west to northwesterly 15 to 25 km/h in the morning then tending northwest to northeasterly 15 to 20 km/h in the late evening. Overnight temperatures falling to between 15 and 21 with daytime temperatures reaching 30 to 36.

Friday 21 December

Hot. Sunny morning. Medium (60%) chance of showers, most likely in the afternoon and evening. The chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon and evening. Winds north to northwesterly 15 to 25 km/h tending west to northwesterly 25 to 35 km/h during the morning then becoming light during the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to between 18 and 23 with daytime temperatures reaching 30 to 38.

Saturday 22 December

Partly cloudy. High (70%) chance of showers on and east of the ranges, medium (50%) chance elsewhere. The chance of a thunderstorm. Light winds becoming northwest to southwesterly 15 to 25 km/h during the day then tending east to southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h during the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to between 15 and 21 with daytime temperatures reaching 24 to 30.

The next routine forecast will be issued at 4:30 pm EDT Wednesday.

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