Forecast issued at 5:12 am EST on Monday 9 December 2013.
A high [1019 hPa] off the northeast coast of New South Wales is maintaining a ridge along the east coast of Queensland. A broad upper level trough lies over Central Australia and is expected to extend across Queensland's interior by the middle of the week.
Forecast for the rest of Monday
The ridge should persist along much of the east coast, although steadily weakening, with most of the state remaining dry and mostly sunny. Isolated showers about the North Tropical Coast and eastern Peninsula. Isolated showers and thunderstorms about the far northern Peninsula and also the western Gulf Country. Some high cloud will develop about the far southwest, but no rainfall is expected. Despite this cloud, temperatures will rise to well above average over the southwest. Moderate to fresh southeast to east winds along the east coast, tending north to northwesterly inland.
Fire Danger - Severe over the Channel Country and Warrego. Very High over other central and southern inland parts.
Tuesday 10 December
The ridge should continue to gradually weaken along the east coast, while a surface trough will move eastwards across southern inland Queensland. Most of the state will remain fine and mostly sunny. Isolated showers and thunderstorms are expected about the far northeast parts of the Peninsula district, and may develop near the trough over the western and southern interior. Temperatures will be well above average over southern and central parts of the state, although cooler air will reach the far southwest following the passage of the trough.
Wednesday 11 December
An upper level trough is expected to move gradually eastwards across the southern interior, and is likely to cause a surface trough to deepen slightly over the state's interior. The deepening surface trough should pull moisture in off the Coral Sea, resulting in an increase in shower and storm activity over the eastern half of the state. Remaining fine and mostly sunny across the state's west.
Thursday 12 December
The broad upper trough is expected remain almost stationary over the state's southeast, with the surface trough over the eastern inland. Instability east of the surface trough should lead to further showers and thunderstorms over most eastern parts. It should remain fine over the west.
Friday until Sunday
The broad upper trough is expected remain in place over the state's southeast, with the surface trough over the eastern inland. Instability east of the surface trough should lead to further showers and thunderstorms over most eastern parts. It should remain fine over the west.
The next routine forecast will be issued at 4:30 pm EST Monday.