North Tropical Coast and Tablelands Forecast

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Forecast issued at 4:27 pm EST on Thursday 19 October 2017.

Weather Situation

A weakening upper low that lies over Cape York Peninsula will drift westwards over the next day or two. A weakening low level trough lies near the northeast coast, producing a convergent wind flow and acting as a focus for heavy rainfall this evening. The upper low will also combine with the moist air mass to result in at least scattered showers and storms over much of the northeast of the state during the next few days. A slow moving high in the Tasman Sea extends a firm ridge into Queensland leading to a fresh and relatively moist easterly flow over much of Queensland. A new upper trough and an associated surface trough will move eastwards over Queensland from Friday, leading to a band of showers, rain and possible storms with some moderate to locally heavy rainfall totals possible over the southern interior during Friday, shifting into the southeast quarter of the state on Saturday. A new slow moving high over the Great Australian Bight will then extend a ridge into Queensland in the wake of the trough.

Forecast for the rest of Thursday

Cloudy. High (80%) chance of showers. The chance of thunderstorms. Winds easterly 15 to 25 km/h.

Friday 20 October

Cloudy. High (80%) chance of showers, most likely in the morning and afternoon. The chance of thunderstorms, with possible heavy falls in the early morning. Winds east to southeasterly 20 to 30 km/h. Overnight temperatures falling to between 17 and 22 with daytime temperatures reaching 23 to 30.

Fire Danger - Low-Moderate

Sun protection 8:10am to 3:40pm, UV Index predicted to reach 13 [Extreme]

7 day Town Forecasts

Precis Icon Location Min Max
Showers. Chance early storm. Cairns 22 29
Showers. Chance early storm. Atherton 18 24
Showers. Possible storm. Cooktown 24 29
Showers. Chance early storm. Innisfail 22 27
Showers. Chance early storm. Mareeba 20 27

Saturday 21 October

Mostly cloudy. High (80%) chance of showers, most likely from the late morning. The chance of a thunderstorm, most likely inland. Winds east to southeasterly 15 to 25 km/h becoming light in the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to between 16 and 22 with daytime temperatures reaching 25 to 32.

Sunday 22 October

Mostly cloudy. High (80%) chance of showers, most likely in the morning and afternoon. The chance of thunderstorms. Light winds becoming easterly 15 to 20 km/h during the afternoon then becoming light during the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to between 15 and 22 with daytime temperatures reaching 25 to 30.

Monday 23 October

Partly cloudy. Medium (40%) chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm. Light winds becoming easterly 15 to 25 km/h during the day. Overnight temperatures falling to between 14 and 21 with daytime temperatures reaching 27 to 32.

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

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