Forecast issued at 4:30 pm EDT on Friday 24 October 2014.
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, especially on the ranges, are likely to see a continuation of unsettled weather in the afternoons through this period, while the west remains in the grip of a persistent hot airmass. This hot airmass move move over the northeast of the state on Monday. 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. 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.
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.
Fire Danger - Very High: Far North Coast, North Coast, Greater Hunter, New England, Northern Slopes, North Western, Lower Central West Plains.
Sunday 26 October
The chance of showers and thunderstorms about the coast and eastern ranges, mainly afternoon. The chance of shower near the Victorian border. 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 across most of the state but with low rainfall totals. The chance of thunderstorms in the central and northeastern parts. 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.
Tuesday 28 October
The chance of showers in the northeast. Dry and sunny for the remainder. West to southwest winds except for seabreezes near the coast.
The next routine forecast will be issued at 4:30 am EDT Saturday.