Gulf Country Forecast

View the current warnings for Queensland

Forecast issued at 4:21 pm EST on Thursday 21 February 2019.

Weather Situation

Tropical cyclone Oma lies in the central Coral Sea and is expected to move southwestwards over the next few days, before possibly taking a more westerly or northwesterly 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 eastern interior will move gradually northeastwards 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. Maximum temperatures will ease in the next day or so particularly about the southeast as cloud cover increases.

Forecast for the rest of Thursday

Clear. Winds southeast to southwesterly 15 to 20 km/h becoming light in the evening.

Friday 22 February

Hot and sunny. Light winds becoming south to southeasterly 15 to 25 km/h in the morning then becoming light in the early afternoon. Overnight temperatures falling to the low to mid 20s with daytime temperatures reaching 36 to 41.

Fire Danger - High

Sun protection 8:50am to 4:50pm, UV Index predicted to reach 15 [Extreme]

7 day Town Forecasts

Precis Icon Location Min Max
Sunny. Normanton 23 37
Hot and sunny. Burketown 23 39
Hot and sunny. Doomadgee 24 41
Sunny. Kowanyama 25 35

Saturday 23 February

Hot. Sunny morning. The chance of a thunderstorm near the east coast in the afternoon. Light winds becoming northwest to northeasterly 15 to 20 km/h in the late afternoon then becoming light in the late evening. Overnight temperatures falling to the low 20s with daytime temperatures reaching 35 to 41.

Sunday 24 February

Hot and mostly sunny. Slight (30%) chance of a shower. The chance of a thunderstorm. Light winds becoming north to northeasterly 15 to 20 km/h during the morning then becoming light during the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to the mid 20s with daytime temperatures reaching the mid to high 30s.

Monday 25 February

Hot. Partly cloudy. Medium (50%) chance of showers in the north, slight (30%) chance elsewhere. The chance of a thunderstorm. Light winds becoming north to northeasterly 15 to 20 km/h during the day then becoming light during the afternoon. Overnight temperatures falling to the mid 20s with daytime temperatures reaching the low to high 30s.

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

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