New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory Forecast

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Forecast issued at 4:30 pm EDT on Thursday 21 February 2019.

Weather Situation

A low pressure trough lies over northeast New South Wales, as a high near the Bight extends a ridge into the state's southwest. This high is expected to strengthen during the next few days as it moves slowly east, pushing a ridge along the New South Wales coast while the trough lingers over the inland. Conditions on the north coast may deteriorate over the weekend due to the presence of Tropical Cyclone Oma in the region, although there is currently a fair level of uncertainty regarding its movement and intensity.

Forecast for the rest of Thursday

A few showers about the coast and adjacent ranges, more likely about the Mid North Coast. The chance of thunderstorms about the northern ranges, northwest slopes and northern parts of the coast, mostly this afternoon. Dry and mostly clear elsewhere. South to southeasterly winds, freshening about the north coast. Hazardous surf conditions developing on the north coast. Surf Life Saving NSW recommends only swimming at patrolled beaches and between the red and yellow flags.

Friday 22 February

A few showers about the coast and adjacent ranges, mainly in the north. Showers possibly increasing to rain periods on the far north coast, with the chance of heavy falls. Dry and mostly sunny west of the Divide. Daytime temperatures near or slightly above average in the west, and below average east of the Divide, most notably along southern and central parts of the coast. South to southeasterly winds, fresh to strong along the northern coast. Hazardous surf conditions on the north coast. Surf Life Saving NSW recommends only swimming at patrolled beaches and between the red and yellow flags.

Fire Danger - Very high fire danger for the New England, Northern Slopes and North Western fire districts.

Saturday 23 February

A shower or two about the coast and adjacent ranges, more likely in the north. Rain in the far northeast with possible heavy falls. Dry and mostly sunny west of the Divide. Daytime temperatures above average in the west, and below average in the east, mostly notably near the coast. East to southeasterly winds, fresh in most areas and strong on the northern half of the coast. Hazardous surf conditions on the northern half of the coast. Surf Life Saving NSW recommends only swimming at patrolled beaches and between the red and yellow flags.

Sunday 24 February

A shower or two about the coast and adjacent ranges, more likely in the north. Rain in the far northeast with possible heavy falls. Dry and mostly sunny west of the Divide. Daytime temperatures below average in the east, mostly notably near the coast and average to below average in the west. East to southeasterly winds, fresh in most areas and likely strong on the northern coast. Hazardous surf conditions on the northern half of the coast. Surf Life Saving NSW recommends only swimming at patrolled beaches and between the red and yellow flags.

Monday 25 February

A shower or two about the coast and adjacent ranges, more likely in the north. Dry and mostly sunny west of the Divide. Daytime temperatures below average in the east, mostly notably near the coast. Northeast to southeasterly winds, fresh in most areas and likely strong on the northern coast.

The next routine forecast will be issued at 4:30 am EDT Friday.

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