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Forecast issued at 5:00 am EST on Sunday 24 September 2017.

Weather Situation

A high over the northern Tasman Sea extends a ridge onto the tropical east coast of Queensland. A vigorous surface trough lies over the far southwest of the state and will move slowly eastwards over the southern interior during today. Hot, dry and gusty northwesterly winds will extend over much of southern Queensland ahead of this feature, resulting in severe to extreme fire dangers. The trough will then weaken a little while extending further east over the southern inland during Monday. A series of weak upper troughs will maintain some instability over the south of the state, though any resulting storms are not expected to have much if any rain associated with them. Temperatures will remain well above the September average over much of the southern half of the state and the northwest in the week ahead. A coastal trough may provide a slight drop in temperature to the southern coast on Wednesday. A new trough will most likely move east into the interior of the state on Thursday, again resulting in enhanced fire dangers. The southerly flow in the wake of the trough will likely provide a large drop in temperature to areas in the far southwest of the state from Thursday, while hot to very hot conditions will persist over remaining southern districts.

Forecast for the rest of Sunday

Hot and mostly sunny. Areas of dust haze in the morning and afternoon. The chance of a thunderstorm with little or no rainfall in the southeast. Winds north to northwesterly 30 to 45 km/h tending west to northwesterly 35 to 50 km/h in the middle of the day then becoming light in the evening. Daytime maximum temperatures around 40.

Fire Danger - Very High

Sun protection 9:20am to 4:00pm, UV Index predicted to reach 10 [Very High]

7 day Town Forecasts

Precis Icon Location Min Max
Hot and sunny. Birdsville 37
Hot and mostly sunny. Thargomindah 38

Monday 25 September

Hot. Mostly sunny morning. The chance of a thunderstorm with little or no rainfall in the southeast in the afternoon and evening. Winds north to northwesterly 30 to 45 km/h tending west to northwesterly 25 to 40 km/h in the early afternoon then becoming light in the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to between 18 and 23 with daytime temperatures reaching 35 to 41.

Tuesday 26 September

Hot and mostly sunny. The chance of a thunderstorm with little or no rainfall in the southeast in the afternoon and evening. Winds northeast to southeasterly 20 to 30 km/h tending northwest to southwesterly during the day then becoming light during the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to between 19 and 25 with daytime temperatures reaching around 40.

Wednesday 27 September

Hot. Mostly sunny morning. The chance of a thunderstorm with little or no rainfall in the afternoon and evening. Winds north to northeasterly 15 to 20 km/h turning northwesterly 25 to 35 km/h during the morning then tending north to northwesterly 15 to 25 km/h during the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to the low to mid 20s with daytime temperatures reaching the low 40s.

The next routine forecast will be issued at 4:15 pm EST Sunday.

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