Central West 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

Clear. Winds southerly 20 to 30 km/h.

Friday 22 February

Mostly sunny. Slight (20%) chance of a shower in the northeast in the afternoon and evening. Near zero chance of rain elsewhere. The chance of a thunderstorm east of Longreach in the afternoon and evening. Winds south to southeasterly 15 to 25 km/h tending northeast to southeasterly in the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to the low to mid 20s with daytime temperatures reaching around 40.

Fire Danger - High

Sun protection 8:40am to 4:40pm, UV Index predicted to reach 14 [Extreme]

7 day Town Forecasts

Precis Icon Location Min Max
Mostly sunny. Longreach 24 40
Partly cloudy. Barcaldine 24 39
Sunny. Winton 22 40

Saturday 23 February

Mostly sunny. Slight (30%) chance of a shower north of Longreach from the late morning. Near zero chance of rain elsewhere. The chance of a thunderstorm east of Longreach in the afternoon and evening. Winds northeast to southeasterly 15 to 25 km/h. Overnight temperatures falling to the low to mid 20s with daytime temperatures reaching the mid to high 30s.

Sunday 24 February

Mostly sunny. Slight (20%) chance of a shower in the northwest in the morning and afternoon. Near zero chance of rain elsewhere. The chance of a thunderstorm in the northwest in the afternoon. Winds northeast to southeasterly 20 to 30 km/h becoming light during the day then becoming northeast to southeasterly 15 to 25 km/h during the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to the low to mid 20s with daytime temperatures reaching the mid to high 30s.

Monday 25 February

Sunny day. The chance of a thunderstorm in the southwest in the afternoon and evening. Winds northeast to southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h tending southeast to southwesterly during the day then tending northeast to southeasterly during the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to the low to mid 20s with daytime temperatures reaching the mid to high 30s.

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

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