Forecast issued at 5:00 am EST on Tuesday 10 December 2013.
A high [1017 hPa] over the eastern Tasman Sea extends a weakening ridge along the east coast of Queensland. A surface trough lies from the northwest to the southern interior of the state, and will move towards the east today, before stalling over the central and southeast inland over the remainder of the week. A broad upper level trough lies over Central Australia and is expected to extend across Queensland's interior by the middle of the week, and this combined with increasing moisture to the east of the surface trough will lead to an unstable airmass over eastern Queensland.
Forecast for the rest of Tuesday
Partly cloudy. Isolated showers and thunderstorms during this afternoon and evening. Winds north to northwesterly 25 to 35 km/h tending west to northwesterly 15 to 25 km/h in the middle of the day then becoming light in the evening. Daytime maximum temperatures 34 to 39.
Fire Danger - Very High
UV Alert from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm, UV Index predicted to reach 15 [Extreme]
Wednesday 11 December
Partly cloudy. Scattered showers. Scattered thunderstorms from the early afternoon, more frequent in the north. Light winds becoming north to northeasterly 15 to 20 km/h early in the morning then tending north to northwesterly 15 to 25 km/h in the morning. Overnight temperatures falling to the low 20s with daytime temperatures reaching the low to mid 30s.
Thursday 12 December
Partly cloudy. Isolated showers and thunderstorms, mainly in the east, becoming more scattered in the afternoon. Light winds becoming east to northeasterly 15 to 20 km/h during the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to between 17 and 20 with daytime temperatures reaching 30 to 36.
Friday 13 December
Partly cloudy. Scattered showers over the Granite Belt, extending throughout in the afternoon and evening. Scattered thunderstorms. Winds north to northeasterly 15 to 20 km/h becoming light during the day then tending east to northeasterly 15 to 20 km/h during the afternoon. Overnight temperatures falling to between 16 and 19 with daytime temperatures reaching 30 to 35.
The next routine forecast will be issued at 4:15 pm EST Tuesday.