Gulf Country Forecast

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Forecast issued at 4:34 pm EST on Saturday 15 December 2018.

Weather Situation

Ex-tropical cyclone Owen is located over the tropical interior and is expected to move southeastwards during the next few days with the low likely to move off the northeast coast tropical coast on Sunday. Uncertainty increases from Monday regarding the movement of the system, with the low possibly continuing to move southeast along the southern tropical and central coasts and then back north again from Tuesday. Near the low heavy falls and damaging wind gusts will be possible for the next few days. Elsewhere deep tropical moisture is likely to remain in place to the east of a surface trough moving slowly eastwards across eastern parts over the coming days, likely combining with a significant upper trough over eastern Australia to lead to showers, rain areas and thunderstorms over much of northern and eastern Queensland. Severe thunderstorms with heavy falls will be possible in parts of eastern Queensland. A surface trough near Fraser Island may deepen during Sunday also enhancing showers and rain areas about the southeast, in particular about the Wide Bay and Sunshine Coast.

Forecast for the rest of Saturday

Partly cloudy. Winds southeast to southwesterly 25 to 40 km/h becoming light in the late evening.

Sunday 16 December

Mostly sunny. Light winds becoming southeast to southwesterly 15 to 25 km/h in the morning then tending northwest to southwesterly 20 to 30 km/h in the middle of the day. Overnight temperatures falling to the low to mid 20s with daytime temperatures reaching 36 to 41.

Fire Danger - Very High

Sun protection 8:20am to 4:40pm, UV Index predicted to reach 14 [Extreme]

7 day Town Forecasts

Precis Icon Location Min Max
Mostly sunny. Normanton 24 39
Mostly sunny. Burketown 23 39
Mostly sunny. Doomadgee 23 40
Partly cloudy. Kowanyama 25 36

Monday 17 December

Mostly sunny. Slight (20%) chance of a shower near the south coast in the late morning and afternoon. Near zero chance of rain elsewhere. Light winds becoming northwest to southwesterly 15 to 25 km/h in the middle of the day then tending north to northwesterly 15 to 20 km/h in the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to the low to mid 20s with daytime temperatures reaching 37 to 42.

Tuesday 18 December

Mostly sunny. Winds north to northwesterly 15 to 25 km/h. Overnight temperatures falling to the mid 20s with daytime temperatures reaching 38 to 43.

Wednesday 19 December

Mostly sunny. Slight (20%) chance of a shower in the north in the evening. Near zero chance of rain elsewhere. The chance of a thunderstorm in the east in the afternoon and evening. Winds north to northwesterly 15 to 25 km/h. Overnight temperatures falling to the mid to high 20s with daytime temperatures reaching around 40.

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

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