Forecast issued at 5:00 am EST on Thursday 30 March 2017.
Ex-tropical cyclone Debbie is currently located over the central interior of Queensland and is expected to slowly track southeastwards before shifting off the southeast Queensland coast during tonight into Friday. The system is then expected to develop further off the southeast coast during Friday with gale force winds likely to develop through southern coast waters. A ridge will build through western Queensland today into Friday, extending drier and cooler air into much of the west of the state, and extending across much of the state over the weekend with fine and mostly sunny conditions developing over much of the state.
Forecast for the rest of Thursday
Cloudy. Very high (95%) chance of rain, becoming less likely later tonight. The chance of a thunderstorm. Possible heavy falls. Winds northeast to southeasterly 25 to 35 km/h tending south to southwesterly 25 to 40 km/h in the late afternoon. Daytime maximum temperatures in the mid to high 20s.
Fire Danger - Low-Moderate
Sun protection 8:30am to 3:40pm, UV Index predicted to reach 12 [Extreme]
Friday 31 March
Partly cloudy. Medium (60%) chance of showers over the Granite Belt in the early morning. The chance of a thunderstorm in the far east in the early morning. Winds south to southwesterly 25 to 40 km/h decreasing to 15 to 20 km/h in the late afternoon. Overnight temperatures falling to between 13 and 17 with daytime temperatures reaching the mid to high 20s.
Saturday 1 April
Mostly sunny. Slight (20%) chance of a shower over the Granite Belt, near zero chance elsewhere. Winds south to southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h becoming light during the morning. Overnight temperatures falling to around 15 with daytime temperatures reaching the mid to high 20s.
Sunday 2 April
Mostly sunny. Slight (20%) chance of a shower in the east, near zero chance elsewhere. Light winds becoming southeasterly 15 to 25 km/h during the morning. Overnight temperatures falling to around 16 with daytime temperatures reaching the mid to high 20s.
The next routine forecast will be issued at 4:15 pm EST Thursday.