Darling Downs and Granite Belt Forecast

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Forecast issued at 4:15 pm EST on Wednesday 20 February 2019.

Weather Situation

Tropical cyclone Oma lies west of New Caledonia and is expected to move southwestwards over the next few days, before possibly taking a more easterly or northeasterly 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 southwest of the state will move gradually eastwards 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 in the wake of the trough. Maximum temperatures will rise to be well above average across much of the state during this week.

Forecast for the rest of Wednesday

Mostly clear. Slight (20%) chance of a shower over the Granite Belt early this evening. Near zero chance of rain elsewhere. The chance of a thunderstorm in the southeast early this evening. Winds west to southwesterly 15 to 25 km/h tending northeast to southeasterly in the evening.

Thursday 21 February

Hot. Mostly sunny morning. Slight (30%) chance of a shower in the afternoon. The chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon and evening. Winds northeast to southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h becoming light early in the morning then becoming east to southeasterly 20 to 30 km/h in the morning. Overnight temperatures falling to the low 20s with daytime temperatures reaching the mid to high 30s.

Fire Danger - Very High

Sun protection 8:10am to 4:00pm, UV Index predicted to reach 14 [Extreme]

7 day Town Forecasts

Precis Icon Location Min Max
Partly cloudy. Dalby 21 36
Possible shower developing. Goondiwindi 23 37
Partly cloudy. Toowoomba 19 32
Partly cloudy. Warwick 20 33
Possible shower. Stanthorpe 18 29

Friday 22 February

Mostly sunny. Slight (30%) chance of a shower over the Granite Belt, near zero chance elsewhere. Winds southeasterly 25 to 40 km/h. Overnight temperatures falling to the low 20s with daytime temperatures reaching 31 to 36.

Saturday 23 February

Partly cloudy. Slight (30%) chance of a shower. Winds south to southeasterly 25 to 40 km/h. Overnight temperatures falling to between 17 and 20 with daytime temperatures reaching 29 to 35.

Sunday 24 February

Partly cloudy. Medium (50%) chance of showers in the far east, slight (30%) chance elsewhere. The chance of a thunderstorm in the far east. Heavy falls possible in the east depending on movement and development of tropical cyclone Oma. Winds south to southeasterly 25 to 40 km/h. Overnight temperatures falling to between 16 and 20 with daytime temperatures reaching 27 to 34.

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

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