North Tropical Coast and Tablelands 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

Hot. Clear. Winds southwesterly 20 to 30 km/h tending westerly 15 to 20 km/h in the evening.

Thursday 21 February

Hot and mostly sunny. Slight (20%) chance of a shower in the north, near zero chance elsewhere. The chance of a thunderstorm in the morning and afternoon. Winds west to southwesterly 15 to 25 km/h becoming light in the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to 20 to 26 with daytime temperatures reaching 33 to 38.

Fire Danger - Very High

Sun protection 8:30am to 4:30pm, UV Index predicted to reach 15 [Extreme]

7 day Town Forecasts

Precis Icon Location Min Max
Hot. Partly cloudy. Cairns 27 38
Partly cloudy. Atherton 21 34
Hot. Partly cloudy. Cooktown 26 38
Hot. Partly cloudy. Innisfail 25 38
Partly cloudy. Mareeba 23 36

Friday 22 February

Mostly sunny. Light winds becoming northwest to southwesterly 15 to 20 km/h in the morning then tending east to northeasterly in the middle of the day. Overnight temperatures falling to between 17 and 24 with daytime temperatures reaching 31 to 36.

Saturday 23 February

Partly cloudy. Slight (20%) chance of a shower. Light winds. Overnight temperatures falling to between 19 and 24 with daytime temperatures reaching 29 to 34.

Sunday 24 February

Partly cloudy. Slight (30%) chance of a shower. The chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon and evening. Light winds. Overnight temperatures falling to between 19 and 24 with daytime temperatures reaching 28 to 33.

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

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