North Tropical Coast and Tablelands Forecast

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Forecast issued at 5:00 am EST on Saturday 15 December 2018.

Weather Situation

Severe Tropical cyclone Owen is located inland of the western Peninsula coast, and is expected to weaken to a tropical low today while moving generally southeastwards across the Peninsula. Uncertainty increases from Sunday regarding the movement of the system, with the low possibly moving off the northeast coast during Sunday then track southeast as far south as the Mackay Coast. 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 and thunderstorms over much of northern and eastern Queensland. Severe storms with heavy falls will be possible in parts of eastern Queensland.

Forecast for the rest of Saturday

Cloudy. Very high (near 100%) chance of showers. A thunderstorm likely, possibly severe. Heavy falls possible. Winds north to northeasterly 35 to 55 km/h tending northwest to northeasterly 25 to 35 km/h in the late evening. Damaging wind gusts exceeding 90 km/h possible depending on movement and development of Severe Tropical Cyclone Owen. Daytime maximum temperatures 23 to 29.

Fire Danger - High

Sun protection 8:00am to 4:30pm, UV Index predicted to reach 16 [Extreme]

7 day Town Forecasts

Precis Icon Location Min Max
Possibly windy. Storm likely. Cairns 32
Possibly windy. Storm likely. Atherton 24
Showers. Possible storm. Cooktown 31
Showers. Possible storm. Innisfail 29
Possibly windy. Storm likely. Mareeba 29

Sunday 16 December

Cloudy. Medium (50%) chance of showers in the south, slight (20%) chance elsewhere. The chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon and evening. Heavy falls possible depending on the movement and development of Tropical Cyclone Owen. Winds northwest to northeasterly 25 to 35 km/h tending northwest to southwesterly before dawn. Overnight temperatures falling to the low to mid 20s with daytime temperatures reaching 26 to 33.

Monday 17 December

Partly cloudy. Winds west to southwesterly 15 to 25 km/h becoming light during the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to between 18 and 23 with daytime temperatures reaching 31 to 37.

Tuesday 18 December

Partly cloudy. Slight (20%) chance of a shower in the afternoon and evening. The chance of a thunderstorm. Light winds. Overnight temperatures falling to between 19 and 24 with daytime temperatures reaching 30 to 37.

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

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