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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

Clear. Winds south to southwesterly 15 to 25 km/h becoming light in the late evening.

Sunday 16 December

Sunny. Light winds becoming south to southwesterly 15 to 20 km/h in the early afternoon then becoming light in the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to between 18 and 21 with daytime temperatures reaching the mid to high 30s.

Fire Danger - Low-Moderate

Sun protection 8:20am to 4:50pm, UV Index predicted to reach 14 [Extreme]

7 day Town Forecasts

Precis Icon Location Min Max
Sunny. Birdsville 19 35
Sunny. Thargomindah 21 35

Monday 17 December

Sunny. Light winds becoming southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h in the morning. Overnight temperatures falling to the low 20s with daytime temperatures reaching around 40.

Tuesday 18 December

Sunny. Winds southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h turning east to northeasterly 15 to 25 km/h during the morning then becoming light during the day. Overnight temperatures falling to the low to high 20s with daytime temperatures reaching the low to mid 40s.

Wednesday 19 December

Mostly sunny. Slight (20%) chance of a shower in the northeast, near zero chance elsewhere. The chance of a thunderstorm in the east in the afternoon. Winds east to northeasterly 15 to 25 km/h tending north to northeasterly 20 to 30 km/h during the morning then becoming light during the day. Overnight temperatures falling to 26 to 31 with daytime temperatures reaching the low to mid 40s.

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

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