Central West Forecast

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Forecast issued at 4:34 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

Mostly clear. Slight (20%) chance of a shower in the northeast, near zero chance elsewhere. The chance of a thunderstorm in the northeast. Light winds.

Sunday 16 December

Mostly sunny. Slight (30%) chance of a shower or thunderstorm in the northeast in the morning. Near zero chance of rain elsewhere. Light winds becoming south to southwesterly 15 to 20 km/h in the middle of the day then becoming light in the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to between 18 and 22 with daytime temperatures reaching the mid to high 30s.

Fire Danger - High

Sun protection 8:10am to 4:30pm, UV Index predicted to reach 14 [Extreme]

7 day Town Forecasts

Precis Icon Location Min Max
Sunny. Longreach 18 38
Mostly sunny. Barcaldine 20 37
Sunny. Winton 19 38

Monday 17 December

Sunny. Light winds becoming east to southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h in the morning then tending south to southeasterly in the middle of the day. Overnight temperatures falling to the low 20s with daytime temperatures reaching around 40.

Tuesday 18 December

Sunny. Winds east to northeasterly 15 to 20 km/h tending east to southeasterly during the day then tending east to northeasterly 15 to 25 km/h during the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to the mid 20s with daytime temperatures reaching around 40.

Wednesday 19 December

Mostly sunny. Slight (20%) chance of a shower in the southwest in the afternoon. Near zero chance of rain elsewhere. The chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon and evening. Winds northeasterly 15 to 25 km/h becoming light during the day then becoming east to northeasterly 15 to 20 km/h during the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to 24 to 29 with daytime temperatures reaching around 40.

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

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