Central Highlands and Coalfields Forecast

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Forecast issued at 5:00 am EST on Sunday 24 September 2017.

Weather Situation

A high over the northern Tasman Sea extends a ridge onto the tropical east coast of Queensland. A vigorous surface trough lies over the far southwest of the state and will move slowly eastwards over the southern interior during today. Hot, dry and gusty northwesterly winds will extend over much of southern Queensland ahead of this feature, resulting in severe to extreme fire dangers. The trough will then weaken a little while extending further east over the southern inland during Monday. A series of weak upper troughs will maintain some instability over the south of the state, though any resulting storms are not expected to have much if any rain associated with them. Temperatures will remain well above the September average over much of the southern half of the state and the northwest in the week ahead. A coastal trough may provide a slight drop in temperature to the southern coast on Wednesday. A new trough will most likely move east into the interior of the state on Thursday, again resulting in enhanced fire dangers. The southerly flow in the wake of the trough will likely provide a large drop in temperature to areas in the far southwest of the state from Thursday, while hot to very hot conditions will persist over remaining southern districts.

Forecast for the rest of Sunday

Hot. Sunny day. The chance of a thunderstorm in the south late this afternoon and evening, although little or no rainfall expected. Winds northerly 20 to 30 km/h. Daytime maximum temperatures in the mid to high 30s.

Fire Danger - Severe

Sun protection 8:30am to 3:40pm, UV Index predicted to reach 11 [Extreme]

7 day Town Forecasts

Precis Icon Location Min Max
Hot and sunny. Emerald 37
Hot and sunny. Clermont 36
Hot and sunny. Moranbah 36

Monday 25 September

Hot and sunny. Winds northerly 20 to 30 km/h becoming light in the evening then becoming northerly 15 to 20 km/h in the late evening. Overnight temperatures falling to between 13 and 17 with daytime temperatures reaching the mid to high 30s.

Tuesday 26 September

Hot and sunny. Winds northerly 15 to 20 km/h becoming light during the morning. Overnight temperatures falling to between 13 and 17 with daytime temperatures reaching the mid to high 30s.

Wednesday 27 September

Hot and sunny. Winds north to northwesterly 15 to 20 km/h becoming light during the morning then becoming north to northeasterly 15 to 25 km/h during the afternoon. Overnight temperatures falling to between 13 and 18 with daytime temperatures reaching the mid to high 30s.

The next routine forecast will be issued at 4:15 pm EST Sunday.

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