Central Highlands and Coalfields 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

Partly cloudy. High (70%) chance of showers and rain areas in the north, slight (30%) chance elsewhere. The chance of a thunderstorm. Winds north to northeasterly 15 to 20 km/h becoming light in the evening.

Sunday 16 December

Cloudy. Very high (90%) chance of showers and thunderstorm. The chance of a thunderstorm. Heavy falls possible in the north. Light winds. Overnight temperatures falling to the low to mid 20s with daytime temperatures reaching 27 to 35.

Fire Danger - Low-Moderate

Sun protection 7:40am to 4:20pm, UV Index predicted to reach 15 [Extreme]

7 day Town Forecasts

Precis Icon Location Min Max
Showers. Possible storm. Emerald 24 33
Showers. Possible storm. Clermont 23 31
Showers. Possible storm. Moranbah 22 27

Monday 17 December

Partly cloudy. Medium (60%) chance of showers in the northeast, slight (30%) chance elsewhere. The chance of a thunderstorm. Winds east to southeasterly 15 to 25 km/h. Overnight temperatures falling to the low 20s with daytime temperatures reaching 33 to 38.

Tuesday 18 December

Partly cloudy. Slight (20%) chance of a shower. The chance of a thunderstorm. Winds east to southeasterly 15 to 25 km/h. Overnight temperatures falling to the low 20s with daytime temperatures reaching 32 to 38.

Wednesday 19 December

Partly cloudy. Slight (20%) chance of a shower. The chance of a thunderstorm in the morning and afternoon. Winds east to northeasterly 15 to 20 km/h becoming light during the day then becoming east to northeasterly 15 to 20 km/h during the afternoon. Overnight temperatures falling to the low 20s with daytime temperatures reaching 33 to 38.

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

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