Forecast issued at 4:45 am EST on Friday 31 October 2014.
A surface trough stretches from northwest Queensland towards the southeast, and will slowly shift westwards while weakening. A weak high pressure system in the Tasman Sea extends a ridge along the Queensland east coast. A stronger surface and upper trough system will shift eastwards through inland Queensland over the weekend.
Forecast for the rest of Friday
Showers and thunderstorms likely during the afternoon and evening over the southern interior and parts of the central interior, extending into the southeast later in the day. Isolated showers and thunderstorms also possible about the far northwest. The slight chance of a shower about parts of the northeastern tropical coast, fine and mostly sunny elsewhere. Warm to hot over the southeast and the interior, especially in the southwest. Light to moderate southwest to northwesterly winds over the interior. Moderate southeast to northeasterly over eastern districts, fresh at times in the far north and far south.
Fire Danger - Very High over most of the state.
Saturday 1 November
A high over the Great Australian Bight should push a new surface trough eastwards into southwest Queensland. Showers and storms are possible in a broad band stretching from the northwest of the state down to the southeast, more likely about the southeast. The slight chance of some showers and storms behind the surface trough over the state's southwest. The slight chance of showers on the tropical northeast coast. Fine and mostly sunny elsewhere.
Sunday 2 November
The surface trough should move slowly northeastwards, while a coastal trough will move through southern waters. Showers and storms near and ahead of the trough in a broad band stretching from the northwest of the state down to the southeast, more likely in the southeast and central interior. Isolated showers possible about the tropical northeast coast. Fine and mostly sunny elsewhere.
Monday 3 November
The inland surface trough is likely to become slow moving while the coastal trough is expected to continue moving northwards. Showers and storms ahead of the inland trough in a band stretching from the northern interior to the central interior and across to eastern districts, with a higher chance of showers about the northern Wide Bay district and the Capricornia district. Isolated showers about the far southeast of the state, with isolated showers about the northern east coast. Fine and mostly sunny over southwestern Queensland.
Tuesday until Thursday
The surface trough becomes slow moving over the interior of Queensland. Showers and storms ahead of the surface trough in a band stretching from the northwest of the state down to the southern interior. Showers about the east coast in the onshore flow. Fine and mostly sunny over the remainder of the state.
The next routine forecast will be issued at 4:30 pm EST Friday.