North Tropical Coast and Tablelands Forecast

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Forecast issued at 4:15 pm EST on Saturday 25 March 2017.

Weather Situation

Tropical cyclone Debbie lies in the western Coral Sea and is expected to move west-southwest towards the northeast Queensland coast over the remainder of the weekend and into early next week, with a possible crossing of the northeast Queensland coast late on Monday or early Tuesday. The remnants of the tropical system are then expected to track further inland into the northern and central interior early next week before likely shifting east towards the east of the state late next week. A weak ridge will extend along the southern and central east coast of Queensland to the south of the system for the next few days. A stable upper pattern will keep much of southern Queensland mostly fine over the remainder of the weekend and into early next week.

Forecast for the rest of Saturday

Partly cloudy. Medium (40%) chance of showers in the north, becoming less likely later this evening. Near zero chance of rain elsewhere. The chance of a thunderstorm in the north. Winds south to southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h tending south to southwesterly in the evening.

Sunday 26 March

Partly cloudy. Slight (30%) chance of a shower. The chance of a thunderstorm. Winds south to southwesterly 20 to 30 km/h increasing to 25 to 35 km/h in the late evening. Overnight temperatures falling to between 19 and 24 with daytime temperatures reaching the low to mid 30s.

Fire Danger - Low-Moderate

Sun protection 8:50am to 4:20pm, UV Index predicted to reach 14 [Extreme]

7 day Town Forecasts

Precis Icon Location Min Max
Partly cloudy. Cairns 25 34
Partly cloudy. Atherton 20 30
Shower or two. Possible storm. Cooktown 24 33
Cloudy. Innisfail 25 33
Partly cloudy. Mareeba 22 32

Monday 27 March

Partly cloudy. Medium (50%) chance of showers, most likely in the afternoon and evening. The chance of a thunderstorm. Winds southwesterly 35 to 50 km/h increasing to 40 to 55 km/h in the late evening. Damaging wind gusts exceeding 90 km/h possible depending on movement and development of Tropical Cyclone Debbie. Overnight temperatures falling to 20 to 25 with daytime temperatures reaching 30 to 35.

Tuesday 28 March

Cloudy. High (70%) chance of showers in the south, medium (50%) chance elsewhere. The chance of a thunderstorm. Destructive wind gusts exceeding 130 km/h possible depending on movement and development of Tropical Cyclone Debbie. Overnight temperatures falling to 20 to 25 with daytime temperatures reaching 27 to 34.

Wednesday 29 March

Cloudy. Medium (60%) chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm. Winds northwesterly 40 to 60 km/h decreasing to 15 to 25 km/h during the morning then becoming north to northwesterly and light during the evening. Damaging wind gusts to 100 km/h possible depending on movement and development of Tropical Cyclone Debbie. Overnight temperatures falling to 20 to 25 with daytime temperatures reaching 29 to 34.

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

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