Forecast updated at 6:09 pm EST on Saturday 8 March 2014.
A tropical low lies over the western Coral Sea and is expected to deepen as it moves south southwest, most likely approaching the southern tropical coast late on Sunday. Tropical Cyclone Gillian lies in the north of the Gulf of Carpentaria and is expected to move towards the southeast, approaching the west coast of the Cape York Peninsula late on Sunday or early Monday. Forecasts for the tropics and central coast of Queensland will be highly dependent on the development and movement of these lows. A high will move slowly eastwards over the Tasman Sea during the forecast period, maintaining a firm ridge along the southern east coast. An upper trough will move east over the southern interior on Sunday, most likely contracting off the southeast Queensland coast during Monday.
Forecast for the rest of Saturday
Partly cloudy. The chance of showers near the coast later tonight. Winds easterly 30 to 45 km/h.
Sunday 9 March
Cloud increasing from the north with areas of rain and isolated showers developing. Winds southeasterly 35 to 50 km/h turning easterly 30 to 45 km/h during the afternoon and evening. Overnight temperatures falling to between 17 and 22 with daytime temperatures reaching 25 to 30.
Fire Danger - Very High
UV Alert from 8:20 am to 3:50 pm, UV Index predicted to reach 13 [Extreme]
Monday 10 March
Cloudy. Rain areas and isolated thunderstorms. Winds east to southeasterly 35 to 50 km/h. Damaging wind gusts to 120 km/h possible depending on movement and development of Tropical Low. Overnight temperatures falling to between 17 and 22 with daytime temperatures reaching the low to high 20s.
Tuesday 11 March
Partly cloudy. Scattered showers, more frequent near the coast. Winds southeasterly 25 to 35 km/h tending east to southeasterly 20 to 30 km/h during the morning. Overnight temperatures falling to between 17 and 22 with daytime temperatures reaching around 30.
Wednesday 12 March
Partly cloudy. Isolated showers until evening. Winds east to southeasterly 15 to 25 km/h tending east to northeasterly and becoming light during the afternoon. Overnight temperatures falling to between 16 and 22 with daytime temperatures reaching 28 to 33.
The next routine forecast will be issued at 5:00 am EST Sunday.