Forecast issued at 4:30 am EDT on Saturday 1 November 2014.
A high pressure system is centred in the eastern Tasman Sea while a cold front has entered the southwest NSW. The front is expected to move through southern, western and central districts today with hot, strong and gusty northwesterly winds over much of the northeastern half of the state prior to the change. Some fairly widespread light rain is expected over the southern inland with this front, with shower and thunderstorm activity likely for much of the remainder of the state with only a little rainfall and potentially squally winds associated. The change should move through the northeast on Sunday with milder southwest to southeast winds extending throughout. Current guidance suggests temperatures will increase through the west of the state again next week.
Forecast for the rest of Saturday
Rain areas over the southern inland, clearing in the afternoon. High chance of showers and thunderstorms developing over most remaining districts during the day though less likely in the northwest, then contacting to the east later. Hot, fresh to strong and gusty northwesterly winds for most of the northeast half though strong northeasterly seabreezes along the coastal fringe in the far north. A cooler, gusty southwesterly change extending through southern, western and central districts.
Fire Danger - Very High through the northern inland, northeast, central east and parts of the Riverina. Severe in the North Coast, Greater Hunter, Upper Central West Plains and North Western Fire Areas.
Sunday 2 November
Medium chance of showers about the northeast with possible thunderstorms in the far northeast. Medium chance of showers on the far south coast. Fine and mostly sunny remainder. Cooler southwest to southeast winds extending through most districts though very warm conditions persisting for the far northern inland.
Monday 3 November
Slight chance of showers along the coast and adjacent ranges, increasing to a medium chance in the north. Fine and mostly sunny in the remainder. East to southeast winds.
Tuesday 4 November
Medium chance of showers along the north coast and adjacent ranges and also the central ranges. Slight chance of showers on the central coast and southern ranges. Fine and partly cloudy elsewhere. Northwest to northeasterly winds.
The next routine forecast will be issued at 4:30 pm EDT Saturday.