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Forecast issued at 5:57 pm EST on Tuesday 28 January 2020.

Weather Situation

A tropical low [1000 hPa] near Normanton in the Gulf country is moving slowly south. A trough extends from the low across northern tropics towards the coast near Cairns. The trough and low will deepen today and Wednesday with heavy falls and possible damaging winds near the tropical low. Moist and unstable air through most of central and northern Queensland will support shower and thunderstorm activity, with locally heavy falls possible with any shower or thunderstorm, mainly over the central coast and nearby inland. A high pressure system near New Zealand extends a ridge along the southern Queensland coast, leading to stable conditions in the southeast with just the slight chance of a shower.

Forecast for the rest of Tuesday

Partly cloudy. Slight (20%) chance of a shower near the Northern Territory border, near zero chance elsewhere. The chance of a thunderstorm in the northwest. Winds east to northeasterly 25 to 35 km/h decreasing to 15 to 20 km/h in the late evening.

Wednesday 29 January

Partly cloudy. Medium (60%) chance of showers in the northwest, near zero chance elsewhere. The chance of a thunderstorm in the north. Winds east to northeasterly 25 to 35 km/h. Overnight temperatures falling to 25 to 30 with daytime temperatures reaching 31 to 41.

Fire Danger - Low-Moderate

Sun protection 8:30am to 4:50pm, UV Index predicted to reach 16 [Extreme]

7 day Town Forecasts

Precis Icon Location Min Max
Partly cloudy. Birdsville 29 40
Mostly sunny. Thargomindah 30 41

Thursday 30 January

Partly cloudy. Medium (60%) chance of showers in the northwest, most likely in the late morning and afternoon. Near zero chance of rain elsewhere. The chance of a thunderstorm in the northwest. Possible heavy falls near the Northern Territory border. Winds northeasterly 25 to 35 km/h. Overnight temperatures falling to 26 to 31 with daytime temperatures reaching 33 to 42.

Friday 31 January

Partly cloudy. Medium (40%) chance of showers in the northwest, most likely in the morning and afternoon. Near zero chance of rain elsewhere. The chance of a thunderstorm in the northwest in the morning and afternoon. Winds north to northeasterly 25 to 35 km/h. Overnight temperatures falling to 26 to 31 with daytime temperatures reaching 34 to 42.

Saturday 1 February

Hot and mostly sunny. Medium (40%) chance of showers near the Northern Territory border, most likely in the afternoon and evening. Near zero chance of rain elsewhere. The chance of a thunderstorm in the northwest in the afternoon and evening. Winds north to northeasterly 20 to 30 km/h becoming light during the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to 25 to 31 with daytime temperatures reaching 35 to 41.

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

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