North Tropical Coast and Tablelands Forecast

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Forecast updated at 6:36 am EST on Tuesday 24 January 2017.

Weather Situation

An upper trough will shift northwards along the Townsville coast into the northern tropics this morning and should then become slow moving. Another trough will likely shift west over the Coral Sea towards the east tropical coast late Wednesday before shifting northwards on Thursday. A high in the Tasman Sea extends a weakening ridge along the east coast of Queensland. A surface trough and a very moist and unstable air mass will enter the southwest of the state today and will then extend slowly eastwards over the southern interior during Wednesday and Thursday. Warm to hot conditions will develop over much of the state over the next few days, particularly central and southern districts. Temperatures should then decrease over the southeast on Friday and central districts over the weekend as a ridge builds into these regions.

Forecast for the rest of Tuesday

Partly cloudy. Medium (60%) chance of showers, most likely in the late morning and afternoon. The chance of thunderstorms, with possible heavy falls about the coast and ranges during the morning and afternoon. Winds southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h turning easterly 15 to 25 km/h during the day. Daytime maximum temperatures 29 to 35.

Fire Danger - Low-Moderate

Sun protection 8:30am to 4:50pm, UV Index predicted to reach 17 [Extreme]

7 day Town Forecasts

Precis Icon Location Min Max
Showers. Possible storm. Cairns 33
Shower or two. Possible storm. Atherton 30
Possible shower. Cooktown 34
Showers. Possible storm. Innisfail 31
Shower or two. Possible storm. Mareeba 32

Wednesday 25 January

Partly cloudy. High (70%) chance of showers near the coast, medium (50%) chance elsewhere. The chance of thunderstorms, with possible heavy falls along the coastal fringe at night. Winds east to southeasterly 15 to 25 km/h. Overnight temperatures falling to between 19 and 24 with daytime temperatures reaching the low to mid 30s.

Thursday 26 January

Partly cloudy. High (70%) chance of showers, most likely in the morning and afternoon. The chance of a thunderstorm. Winds east to southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h becoming light during the afternoon. Overnight temperatures falling to between 19 and 24 with daytime temperatures reaching 28 to 33.

Friday 27 January

Partly cloudy. Medium (60%) chance of showers, most likely in the morning and afternoon. The chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon and evening. Light winds becoming easterly 15 to 20 km/h during the afternoon then becoming light during the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to between 19 and 24 with daytime temperatures reaching 28 to 33.

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

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