Forecast issued at 4:15 pm EST on Tuesday 17 January 2017.
A high in the Tasman Sea extends a ridge over southeast Queensland and along much of the east coast, whilst an area of low pressure over the Northern Territory will move westwards over the next few days. A moist and unstable air mass extends over the north and west of the state, though the focus for storm activity and heavy falls will largely focus about the Gulf Country and far north of the state. A broad area of low pressure will gradually extend into the southern half of the state mid to late week, resulting in heat wave conditions developing in parts of southern Queensland, extending into central districts and throughout the southeast quarter of the state. Instability and the chance of storms will gradually increase through southern districts from mid-week with showers and storms becoming increasing likely.
Forecast for the rest of Tuesday
Clear. Winds east to northeasterly 15 to 25 km/h becoming light in the late evening.
Wednesday 18 January
Hot and mostly sunny. Light winds becoming northeasterly 15 to 20 km/h in the late afternoon then becoming light in the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to between 19 and 23 with daytime temperatures reaching 33 to 38.
Fire Danger - High
Sun protection 8:00am to 4:30pm, UV Index predicted to reach 17 [Extreme]
Thursday 19 January
Hot and sunny. Light winds becoming north to northeasterly 15 to 20 km/h in the late afternoon then becoming light in the late evening. Overnight temperatures falling to the low 20s with daytime temperatures reaching 34 to 41.
Friday 20 January
Hot. Partly cloudy. Slight (20%) chance of a shower in the south in the afternoon. Near zero chance of rain elsewhere. The chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon. Light winds becoming north to northeasterly 15 to 20 km/h during the afternoon then becoming light during the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to the low to mid 20s with daytime temperatures reaching 34 to 41.
Saturday 21 January
Hot. Partly cloudy. Medium (40%) chance of showers in the afternoon and evening. The chance of a thunderstorm in the south in the afternoon and evening. Light winds becoming northwesterly 15 to 20 km/h during the morning then becoming light during the afternoon. Overnight temperatures falling to the low to mid 20s with daytime temperatures reaching 35 to 42.
The next routine forecast will be issued at 5:00 am EST Wednesday.