Channel Country Forecast

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Forecast issued at 4:22 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

Sunny morning. The chance of a thunderstorm in the southeast in the afternoon. Winds southerly 15 to 25 km/h turning southeasterly 25 to 35 km/h in the morning. Overnight temperatures falling to the low to mid 20s with daytime temperatures reaching around 40.

Fire Danger - High

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

7 day Town Forecasts

Precis Icon Location Min Max
Sunny. Birdsville 23 39
Mostly sunny. Thargomindah 27 38

Saturday 23 February

Mostly sunny. Slight (20%) chance of a shower in the northwest, near zero chance elsewhere. Winds southeasterly 20 to 30 km/h. Overnight temperatures falling to the mid to high 20s with daytime temperatures reaching around 40.

Sunday 24 February

Sunny. Winds east to southeasterly 20 to 30 km/h. Overnight temperatures falling to the low to mid 20s with daytime temperatures reaching the high 30s.

Monday 25 February

Mostly sunny. Slight (20%) chance of a shower near the Northern Territory border, near zero chance elsewhere. The chance of a thunderstorm in the north in the afternoon and evening. Winds easterly 15 to 25 km/h turning south to southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h during the afternoon then tending 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.

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

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