Central Coast and Whitsundays Forecast

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Forecast issued at 4:21 pm EST on Thursday 21 February 2019.

Weather Situation

Tropical cyclone Oma lies in the central Coral Sea and is expected to move southwestwards over the next few days, before possibly taking a more westerly or northwesterly track. This system will lead to a significant increase in seas and swells over southern Queensland waters mid to late this week, initially leading to dangerous surf conditions and abnormally high tides with possible beach erosion south of about Fraser Island in the next day or two, followed by the possibility of increasing winds and rainfall about the southeast over the weekend. Oma could also lead to gales and damaging wind gusts developing about the southern coast from Friday, with possible heavy falls from Saturday. A surface trough over the eastern interior will move gradually northeastwards over the next few days triggering the slight to medium chance of showers and thunderstorms over the interior. A high pressure system will move slowly eastwards across the Great Australian Bight over the next few days, extending a ridge and dry airmass into western Queensland. Maximum temperatures will ease in the next day or so particularly about the southeast as cloud cover increases.

Forecast for the rest of Thursday

Mostly clear. The chance of a thunderstorm early this evening. Winds northeasterly 15 to 20 km/h becoming light in the evening.

Friday 22 February

Partly cloudy. Medium (40%) 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 20 km/h in the early afternoon then becoming light in the late afternoon. Overnight temperatures falling to the low to mid 20s with daytime temperatures reaching 30 to 35.

Fire Danger - Low-Moderate

Sun protection 8:20am to 4:20pm, UV Index predicted to reach 14 [Extreme]

7 day Town Forecasts

Precis Icon Location Min Max
Partly cloudy. Mackay 24 30
Partly cloudy. Bowen 24 32

Saturday 23 February

Partly cloudy. Medium (50%) chance of showers, most likely in the late morning and afternoon. The chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon and evening. Light winds. Overnight temperatures falling to the low 20s with daytime temperatures reaching 28 to 33.

Sunday 24 February

Mostly sunny. Slight (20%) chance of a shower. Light winds. Overnight temperatures falling to the low 20s with daytime temperatures reaching 29 to 34.

Monday 25 February

Mostly sunny. Slight (20%) chance of a shower near the coast, near zero chance elsewhere. Light winds becoming south to southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h during the day then tending northeast to southeasterly during the afternoon. Overnight temperatures falling to the low 20s with daytime temperatures reaching 29 to 35.

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

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