Forecast issued at 5:00 am EST on Wednesday 11 December 2013.
A weak ridge lies over the southwestern Coral Sea and along the northeast tropical coast of Queensland. A surface trough lies from the northwest to the southern interior of the state, and will move towards the east for the remainder of today, before stalling over the central and southeast inland over the remainder of the week. A broad upper level trough lies over southern Queensland, and is producing extensive high cloud over the south of the state. This feature, combined with increasing moisture to the east of the surface trough, will lead to an unstable airmass over eastern Queensland. Dry and stable air remains in place over western Queensland to the west of the surface trough.
Forecast for the rest of Wednesday
Partly cloudy. Isolated showers and thunderstorms in the northwest from the late morning, extending throughout from early this afternoon. Winds south to southeasterly 25 to 35 km/h tending northwest to northeasterly 20 to 30 km/h in the morning then tending southeast to southwesterly 25 to 35 km/h in the early afternoon. Daytime maximum temperatures 34 to 42.
Fire Danger - Severe
UV Alert from 8:10 am to 4:40 pm, UV Index predicted to reach 15 [Extreme]
Thursday 12 December
Partly cloudy. Patchy rain and isolated thunderstorms. Winds south to southeasterly 15 to 25 km/h tending northeast to southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h in the late evening. Overnight temperatures falling to the low to mid 20s with daytime temperatures reaching 32 to 40.
Friday 13 December
Partly cloudy. Isolated showers east of Longreach from the early morning. Isolated thunderstorms. Winds northeast to southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h tending south to southeasterly during the day then tending northeast to southeasterly during the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to between 19 and 23 with daytime temperatures reaching 34 to 40.
Saturday 14 December
Partly cloudy. Isolated showers and thunderstorms contracting to the northeast during the evening. Winds northeasterly 15 to 20 km/h turning east to southeasterly during the morning then tending east to northeasterly during the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to the low to mid 20s with daytime temperatures reaching around 40.
The next routine forecast will be issued at 4:15 pm EST Wednesday.