New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory Forecast

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Forecast issued at 4:30 pm EDT on Thursday 23 October 2014.

Weather Situation

A high pressure system over the central Tasman Sea extends a ridge towards the Queensland coast, while a broad trough of low pressure lies across southern and western New South Wales. There will be only subtle changes to this pattern over the next day or two, before the trough becomes more mobile on the weekend and shifts to the northeast under the influence of a Southern Ocean front. During this time many eastern districts are likely to see unsettled weather, while the west remains in the grip of a persistent hot airmass. Another trough and associated cold front appear likely to affect the state early in the new week, bringing somewhat cooler conditions, especially in the south.

Forecast for the rest of Thursday

The chance of showers and thunderstorms in the eastern half of the state, chiefly about the ranges, with only a slight chance of reaching coastal areas. Hot, dry, and partly cloudy in the west. West to northwesterly winds inland, and northeast to southeasterly winds near the coast.

Friday 24 October

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 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. Fine and partly cloudy elsewhere, with a hot day in the 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 northwest winds in the north tending cooler southwesterly in the south. Northeast coastal seabreezes ahead of a southerly change in southern and central parts.

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

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