Forecast issued at 5:00 am EST on Tuesday 11 March 2014.
Tropical cyclone Hadi lies over the western Coral Sea well off the Queensland east coast and is expected to continue to move northeastwards. Ex-Tropical cyclone Gillian lies over land on the east Gulf of Carpentaria coast and is expected to move southwest over water later today. Ex-Tropical Cyclone Gillian should continue moving southwest on Wednesday whilst deepening. Forecasts for the Gulf of Carpentaria coast are highly dependent on the movement of Ex-Tropical Cyclone Gillian. A high moving east across the Tasman Sea extends a firm ridge along the southern and central Queensland coast. The ridge is expected to weaken during Wednesday and Thursday as the high moves to the southeast of New Zealand. An upper trough will approach the southwest of the state late Thursday.
Forecast for the rest of Tuesday
Partly cloudy. The chance of isolated showers in the east this morning and afternoon. Winds easterly 25 to 35 km/h. Daytime maximum temperatures 27 to 32.
Fire Danger - Very High
UV Alert from 8:20 am to 3:40 pm, UV Index predicted to reach 11 [Extreme]
Wednesday 12 March
Mostly sunny. Winds east to southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h tending east to northeasterly in the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to between 15 and 19 with daytime temperatures reaching the low 30s.
Thursday 13 March
Sunny. Winds east to northeasterly 15 to 20 km/h. Overnight temperatures falling to between 15 and 20 with daytime temperatures reaching the low 30s.
Friday 14 March
Partly cloudy. Isolated showers and thunderstorms in the southwest until evening. Winds east to northeasterly 15 to 20 km/h becoming light during the day then increasing to 15 to 20 km/h during the afternoon. Overnight temperatures falling to between 15 and 21 with daytime temperatures reaching the low 30s.
The next routine forecast will be issued at 4:15 pm EST Tuesday.