Forecast issued at 5:00 am EST on Saturday 10 December 2016.
A broad upper trough will develop over central parts of Queensland during the weekend before weakening early next week. A new upper trough will likely develop over western Queensland early next week. A dry airmass over the southern inland of the state will gradually moisten through the weekend as an inland surface trough shifts west towards the Northern Territory border. A coastal trough will move north through Capricornia waters today and should then become slow moving over central coast waters on Sunday. A high pressure system will develop through the northwestern Tasman Sea during the weekend, extending a firm ridge and a moist onshore wind flow onto the central and east tropical Queensland coasts. Daytime temperatures will be below the December average through much of the state away from the northern tropics into early next week, particularly the central interior.
Forecast for the rest of Saturday
Cloudy. High (80%) chance of showers and patchy rain, most likely during the morning and afternoon. The chance of thunderstorms with possible heavy falls. Winds east to southeasterly 15 to 25 km/h. Daytime maximum temperatures in the mid to high 20s.
Fire Danger - Low-Moderate
Sun protection 8:10am to 4:00pm, UV Index predicted to reach 14 [Extreme]
Sunday 11 December
Cloudy. High (70%) chance of showers and patchy rain in the north, medium (40%) chance elsewhere. The chance of a thunderstorm. Possible heavy falls near the north coast in the morning. Winds east to southeasterly 15 to 25 km/h. Overnight temperatures falling to between 17 and 21 with daytime temperatures reaching the mid to high 20s.
Monday 12 December
Partly cloudy. High (70%) chance of showers in the north, medium (40%) chance elsewhere. The chance of a thunderstorm in the north in the afternoon and evening. Winds east to southeasterly 15 to 25 km/h. Overnight temperatures falling to between 16 and 21 with daytime temperatures reaching around 30.
Tuesday 13 December
Partly cloudy. Medium (60%) chance of showers in the north, slight (30%) chance elsewhere. Winds east to southeasterly 15 to 25 km/h tending east to northeasterly 15 to 20 km/h during the day. Overnight temperatures falling to between 16 and 21 with daytime temperatures reaching 28 to 33.
The next routine forecast will be issued at 4:15 pm EST Saturday.