Queensland Forecast

No warnings for Queensland

Forecast issued at 4:30 pm EST on Wednesday 23 April 2014.

Weather Situation

A slow moving surface trough extends from the Gulf Country towards the southern interior of Queensland. A high pressure system [1024 hpa] over the Tasman Sea extends a ridge along the east Queensland coast. The ridge will weaken as the high shifts east through the Tasman Sea during the next few days. A weak trough over the Coral Sea towards will continue to shift west towards the east tropical and central Queensland coasts this evening. An upper level trough over western Queensland will move slowly eastwards into central districts during tomorrow.

Forecast for the rest of Wednesday

Isolated showers and possible thunderstorms across the far north, increasing to scattered showers and possible isolated thunderstorms over the North Tropical Coast. Patchy rain and possible isolated thunderstorms over the Gulf Country, extending over the tropical and central interior to the southern tropical and central coasts. Isolated showers through remaining parts of central districts, increasing to scattered showers over northern parts of the Capricornia district. Fine and clear over western districts and remaining parts of the southeast. Light to moderate generally southeast to northeast winds, tending fresh along the central and tropical coasts.

Thursday 24 April

Isolated showers and possible thunderstorms across the far north, increasing to scattered showers and possible isolated thunderstorms over the North Tropical Coast. Patchy rain and possible isolated thunderstorms over the Gulf Country, tending to scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms during the day. Patchy rain, showers and possible isolated thunderstorms over the tropical and central interior, extending across to the southern tropical and central coasts. Isolated showers through remaining parts of central districts and southeast districts north of the Sunshine Coast, increasing to scattered showers near the coastal fringe. Fine and mostly sunny through remaining southern and western districts. Light to moderate generally southeast to northeast winds, tending fresh along the central and tropical coasts.

Friday 25 April

Showers will continue about the southern tropical and central coasts near the weak surface trough. Isolated to scattered showers, and isolated storms will persist over the Peninsula, with isolated showers expected over the remaining tropics and into the central interior. The upper trough in the north of the state will contract east off the central coast while a new upper trough will shift east over the southern interior of the state. This new trough will increase instability about the southeast with isolated showers, mostly over inland parts. Thunderstorms are possible about the southern Darling Downs and Granite Belt. Fine and mostly sunny conditions should persist in the west.

Saturday 26 April

A new high will strengthen over southeastern Australia, increasing the onshore flow along the east coast. Isolated to scattered showers are likely about the eastern districts, particularly between Cairns and the Wide Bay, and possibly extending into the eastern interior. An upper trough should shift north over New South Wales and into far southern parts of the state and may help to generate isolated shower activity over the southern interior. Showers and thunderstorms will persist over the tropics, with showers tending more scattered over the northern Peninsula. The west should remain fine and sunny due to a dry airmass.

Sunday 27 April

The high will move east over southeastern Australia and into the Tasman Sea extending a firm ridge and moderate to fresh southeasterly winds along the east Queensland coast. Isolated to scattered showers will occur over eastern districts in the onshore wind flow. The upper level trough is expected to move slowly north through southern districts increasing instability over southeastern districts, with isolated thunderstorms likely, particularly over inland parts. Showers and thunderstorms should persist over the Gulf Country and Peninsula districts. Mostly fine conditions are expected in the west.

Monday until Wednesday

The high should weaken but remain slow moving in the Tasman Sea during the outlook period, gradually relaxing the ridge and decreasing the winds along the east Queensland coast. Isolated to scattered showers are expected over eastern districts in the onshore wind flow. A surface trough should enter the far southwest on Wednesday, shifting eastwards into the interior. A new upper level trough is expected to move into the far southwest during Wednesday also and may combine with the surface trough to generate showers and isolated thunderstorms over the southern interior.

The next routine forecast will be issued at 4:30 am EST Thursday.

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