Gulf Country Forecast

View the current warnings for Queensland

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 sunny. Winds north to northeasterly 20 to 30 km/h becoming light in the late afternoon then becoming northwest to northeasterly 15 to 20 km/h in the evening. Daytime maximum temperatures in the mid to high 30s.

Fire Danger - High

Sun protection 9:00am to 4:10pm, UV Index predicted to reach 12 [Extreme]

7 day Town Forecasts

Precis Icon Location Min Max
Sunny. Normanton 37
Mostly sunny. Burketown 34
Hot and sunny. Doomadgee 39
Sunny. Kowanyama 37

Monday 25 September

Hot and sunny. Winds northwest to northeasterly 20 to 30 km/h tending northeast to southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h in the late afternoon then tending northwest to northeasterly in the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to around 19 with daytime temperatures reaching the mid to high 30s.

Tuesday 26 September

Hot and sunny. Winds northwest to northeasterly 15 to 20 km/h tending northeast to southeasterly during the afternoon then tending northwest to northeasterly during the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to between 17 and 20 with daytime temperatures reaching around 40.

Wednesday 27 September

Hot and sunny. Light winds becoming northwest to northeasterly 15 to 20 km/h during the morning then becoming light during the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to between 17 and 20 with daytime temperatures reaching around 40.

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

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