Northern Goldfields and Upper Flinders Forecast

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Forecast issued at 4:33 pm EST on Saturday 15 December 2018.

Weather Situation

Ex-tropical cyclone Owen is located over the tropical interior and is expected to move southeastwards during the next few days with the low likely to move off the northeast coast tropical coast on Sunday. Uncertainty increases from Monday regarding the movement of the system, with the low possibly continuing to move southeast along the southern tropical and central coasts and then back north again from Tuesday. 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, rain areas and thunderstorms over much of northern and eastern Queensland. Severe thunderstorms with heavy falls will be possible in parts of eastern Queensland. A surface trough near Fraser Island may deepen during Sunday also enhancing showers and rain areas about the southeast, in particular about the Wide Bay and Sunshine Coast.

Forecast for the rest of Saturday

Cloudy. Very high (95%) chance of showers, rain areas and thunderstorms in the east, slight (20%) chance elsewhere. Winds northeast to southeasterly 35 to 55 km/h decreasing to 15 to 20 km/h in the late evening. Damaging wind gusts exceeding 90 km/h possible depending on movement and development of Tropical Cyclone Owen.

Sunday 16 December

Partly cloudy. High (80%) chance of showers, rain areas and thunderstorms in the east, most likely in the morning. Near zero chance of rain elsewhere. Heavy falls likely in the east. Winds south to southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h tending south to southwesterly 15 to 25 km/h in the morning then becoming light in the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to the low 20s with daytime temperatures reaching 31 to 39.

Fire Danger - Very High

Sun protection 7:50am to 4:30pm, UV Index predicted to reach 16 [Extreme]

7 day Town Forecasts

Precis Icon Location Min Max
Showers. Possible storm. Charters Towers 22 29
Partly cloudy. Georgetown 23 35

Monday 17 December

Mostly sunny. Slight (20%) chance of a shower in the southeast, near zero chance elsewhere. The chance of a thunderstorm in the southeast in the morning and afternoon. Light winds becoming south to southwesterly 15 to 20 km/h in the morning then becoming light in the middle of the day. Overnight temperatures falling to between 19 and 22 with daytime temperatures reaching 34 to 40.

Tuesday 18 December

Mostly sunny. Slight (20%) chance of a shower in the southeast, near zero chance elsewhere. Light winds. Overnight temperatures falling to the low to mid 20s with daytime temperatures reaching 34 to 41.

Wednesday 19 December

Partly cloudy. Medium (50%) chance of showers in the north, slight (30%) chance elsewhere. The chance of a thunderstorm. Winds northeast to southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h becoming light during the morning then becoming east to northeasterly 15 to 20 km/h during the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to 22 to 28 with daytime temperatures reaching 33 to 41.

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

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