Forecast issued at 5:00 am EST on Saturday 25 March 2017.
A low over the western Coral Sea is expected to reach cyclone strength today as it moves west towards the northern Queensland coast, with a possible crossing of the northeast Queensland coast on Monday or Tuesday. A high near Tasmania will shift slowly east into the Tasman Sea during this evening and the weekend, extending a ridge into southern Queensland. A surface trough in western Queensland will shift west out of the state today as a combination of the Coral Sea low and the ridge in southern Queensland extends moisture into the state's interior.
Forecast for the rest of Saturday
Partly cloudy. Medium (40%) chance of showers during the morning and afternoon. Winds southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h becoming light in the middle of the day. Daytime maximum temperatures in the mid to high 20s.
Fire Danger - Low-Moderate
Sun protection 8:30am to 3:30pm, UV Index predicted to reach 11 [Extreme]
Sunday 26 March
Mostly sunny. Medium (50%) chance of showers about the southern border ranges, slight (30%) chance elsewhere. The chance of a thunderstorm in the south in the afternoon and evening. Light winds. Overnight temperatures falling to between 17 and 20 with daytime temperatures reaching the low 30s.
Monday 27 March
Partly cloudy. Medium (50%) chance of showers, most likely in the morning and afternoon. Light winds. Overnight temperatures falling to around 20 with daytime temperatures reaching around 30.
Tuesday 28 March
Partly cloudy. Slight (30%) chance of a shower in the morning and afternoon. Light winds. Overnight temperatures falling to between 18 and 21 with daytime temperatures reaching the low 30s.
The next routine forecast will be issued at 4:15 pm EST Saturday.