Forecast issued at 5:00 am EST on Thursday 29 September 2016.
A weak ridge of high pressure extends from a high over the southern Coral Sea to the northern tropical coast. An upper trough is maintaining a cloud band over central and southern Queensland and will shift eastwards through today and off much of the east coast early on Friday. A cold front associated with the upper trough will also move rapidly eastwards through inland Queensland today, reaching the Coral Sea as far north as about Cardwell early Friday morning.
Forecast for the rest of Thursday
Cloudy. Very high (90%) chance of rain, most likely from late this morning. The chance of a gusty thunderstorm during this afternoon and evening. Winds northerly 20 to 30 km/h. Daytime maximum temperatures in the mid to high 20s.
Fire Danger - Low-Moderate
Sun protection 8:30am to 3:30pm, UV Index predicted to reach 11 [Extreme]
Friday 30 September
Slight (30%) chance of a shower in the early morning. The chance of a thunderstorm in the early morning. Sunny day. Winds northwesterly 15 to 25 km/h tending westerly 20 to 30 km/h early in the morning then becoming light in the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to between 12 and 18 with daytime temperatures reaching 25 to 30.
Saturday 1 October
Sunny. Light winds becoming west to southwesterly 15 to 20 km/h during the morning then becoming light during the afternoon. Overnight temperatures falling to between 9 and 14 with daytime temperatures reaching around 30.
Sunday 2 October
Partly cloudy. Slight (30%) chance of a shower in the evening. Light winds becoming north to northeasterly 15 to 20 km/h during the afternoon. Overnight temperatures falling to between 10 and 17 with daytime temperatures reaching around 30.
The next routine forecast will be issued at 4:15 pm EST Thursday.