Forecast issued at 4:30 pm EDT on Wednesday 22 February 2017.
A high pressure system is moving over the southwestern Tasman Sea, extending a ridge along the New South Wales coast. A trough is expected to move over southwest New South Wales tonight as a cold front moves to the south, with the trough forecast to move slowly towards the northeast during Thursday and Friday.
Forecast for the rest of Wednesday
Fine and mostly clear. Northeast to northwest winds, fresh across the southern inland, with a late southwesterly change over the far west.
Thursday 23 February
Fine and mostly sunny, apart from the slight chance of a shower along the south coast and on the Central Tablelands. Hot in the west. South to southwesterly winds in the west, north to northeasterly in the east.
Fire Danger - Very high over the Illawarra, Monaro Alpine, ACT, Southern Ranges, Central Ranges, North Western, Lower Western Central Plains, Southern Slopes and the Eastern Riverina fire weather districts.
Friday 24 February
Medium to high chance of showers along the central and south coasts and adjacent ranges with the chance of thunderstorms. The slight chance of isolated showers and thunderstorms through the northern inland. The slight chance of showers on the far north coast. Fine and mostly sunny in the western inland. Hot in the northwest. Southeast to northeasterly winds in the northeast, south to southwesterly in the remainder.
Saturday 25 February
Medium to high chance of showers and/or thunderstorms in most eastern districts. Fine and sunny in the western inland. Southeast to northeasterly winds in the northeast, south to southeasterly in the remainder.
Sunday 26 February
Medium to high chance of showers and/or thunderstorms over most eastern districts and throughout the central north. Partly cloudy in the southwest. East to southeasterly winds over the eastern half, southerlies in the west.
The next routine forecast will be issued at 4:30 am EDT Thursday.