New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory Forecast

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Forecast issued at 4:30 am EDT on Friday 24 October 2014.

Weather Situation

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 are likely to see a continuation of unsettled weather through this period, while the west remains in the grip of a persistent hot airmass. 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

The chance of showers and thunderstorm about the coast and ranges, becoming more likely on the tablelands during the afternoon. Fine and partly cloudy elsewhere, with a hot day in the west. Northwest to southwesterly winds inland, and freshening north to northeasterly winds near the coast.

Fire Danger - Very High: Greater Hunter, Central Ranges, Northern Slopes, Northwestern, Upper and Lower Central West Plains

Saturday 25 October

The chance of showers and thunderstorms about the coast and eastern ranges, mainly afternoon. Fine and partly cloudy elsewhere, with a hot day in the north and west. Southwesterly winds extending across the inland. Northerly winds near the coast, ahead of a southerly change in southern and central parts.

Sunday 26 October

The chance of showers and thunderstorms about the coast and eastern ranges, mainly afternoon. Fine and partly cloudy elsewhere, with a hot day in the north and west. Northwest to southwesterly winds inland, and northeast to southeasterly winds near the coast.

Monday 27 October

The chance of showers in the eastern half. Fine in the west. Hot northwesterly winds in the north, freshening and tending cooler southwesterly in the south. Northeasterly seabreezes near the coast, ahead of a fresh southerly change in southern and central parts.

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

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