Forecast issued at 5:00 am EST on Friday 20 January 2017.
A broad area of low pressure extends over the southern half of the state, with heat wave conditions extending through much of southern Queensland and into central districts. Instability and the chance of storms will persist over much of the state over the next few days aside from central coastal districts. A surface trough will likely enter the southwest of the state today, propagate east, and approach the southeast on Saturday. A cooler airmass will extend through southern Queensland in the wake of a southeasterly change that moves into the southeast quarter of the state on Saturday afternoon.
Forecast for the rest of Friday
Hot and mostly sunny. Light winds becoming northeasterly 15 to 25 km/h in the middle of the day then becoming light in the evening. Daytime maximum temperatures 32 to 38.
Fire Danger - High
Sun protection 8:10am to 4:40pm, UV Index predicted to reach 17 [Extreme]
Saturday 21 January
Hot and sunny. Light winds becoming east to northeasterly 15 to 25 km/h in the middle of the day then tending north to northeasterly in the late afternoon. Overnight temperatures falling to between 19 and 23 with daytime temperatures reaching 34 to 39.
Sunday 22 January
Partly cloudy. Medium (60%) chance of showers, most likely in the afternoon and evening. The chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon and evening. Light winds becoming east to northeasterly 15 to 25 km/h during the morning then becoming light during the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to the low to mid 20s with daytime temperatures reaching 31 to 38.
Monday 23 January
Cloudy. High (70%) chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon and evening. Light winds becoming south to southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h during the morning then tending east to southeasterly 15 to 25 km/h during the day. Overnight temperatures falling to the low to mid 20s with daytime temperatures reaching 29 to 35.
The next routine forecast will be issued at 4:15 pm EST Friday.