Central Coast and Whitsundays Forecast

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Forecast issued at 4:33 pm EST on Saturday 15 December 2018.

Weather Situation

Ex-tropical cyclone Owen is located over the tropical interior and is expected to move southeastwards during the next few days with the low likely to move off the northeast coast tropical coast on Sunday. Uncertainty increases from Monday regarding the movement of the system, with the low possibly continuing to move southeast along the southern tropical and central coasts and then back north again from Tuesday. Near the low heavy falls and damaging wind gusts will be possible for the next few days. Elsewhere deep tropical moisture is likely to remain in place to the east of a surface trough moving slowly eastwards across eastern parts over the coming days, likely combining with a significant upper trough over eastern Australia to lead to showers, rain areas and thunderstorms over much of northern and eastern Queensland. Severe thunderstorms with heavy falls will be possible in parts of eastern Queensland. A surface trough near Fraser Island may deepen during Sunday also enhancing showers and rain areas about the southeast, in particular about the Wide Bay and Sunshine Coast.

Forecast for the rest of Saturday

Cloudy. Very high (95%) chance of showers and rain areas. The chance of a thunderstorm. Light winds.

Sunday 16 December

Cloudy. Very high (95%) chance of showers, rain areas and thunderstorms. Heavy falls possible. Light winds becoming east to northeasterly 15 to 20 km/h in the early afternoon then tending east to southeasterly in the late afternoon. Overnight temperatures falling to the low 20s with daytime temperatures reaching the mid to high 20s.

Fire Danger - Low-Moderate

Sun protection 7:40am to 4:10pm, UV Index predicted to reach 15 [Extreme]

7 day Town Forecasts

Precis Icon Location Min Max
Showers. Possible storm. Mackay 23 29
Showers. Possible storm. Bowen 24 30

Monday 17 December

Partly cloudy. High (80%) chance of showers, most likely in the morning and afternoon. The chance of a thunderstorm, with heavy rainfall possible depending on the movement and development of Severe Tropical Cyclone Owen. Winds south to southeasterly 20 to 30 km/h. Overnight temperatures falling to the low 20s with daytime temperatures reaching around 30.

Tuesday 18 December

Partly cloudy. Medium (50%) chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm. Winds south to southeasterly 20 to 30 km/h tending east to southeasterly during the day. Overnight temperatures falling to the low to mid 20s with daytime temperatures reaching around 30.

Wednesday 19 December

Partly cloudy. Medium (60%) chance of showers, most likely in the morning and afternoon. The chance of a thunderstorm. Winds southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h turning easterly 15 to 25 km/h during the morning. Overnight temperatures falling to the low to mid 20s with daytime temperatures reaching around 30.

The next routine forecast will be issued at 5:00 am EST Sunday.

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