Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology Queensland
Queensland State Forecast
Issued at 4:10 pm EST on Sunday 26 May 2013
Warning Summary at issue time
A Strong Wind Warning is current for east coast waters from Torres Strait to Double Island Point. A Strong Wind Warning has been issued for Hervey Bay for Monday. A Strong Wind Warning is current for northeast Gulf of Carpentaria Waters, north of Crab Island.
A large high [1032 hPa] over the Great Australian Bight will move slowly east during the next few days, extending a strengthening ridge over much of Queensland.
Forecast for the rest of Sunday
Fine and mostly clear over much of the state with only isolated showers about the exposed parts of the east coast. Moderate S to SE winds, fresh to strong along the east coast.
Forecast for Monday
Fine and mostly sunny over most of the state. Isolated showers about the east coast, tending scattered about coastal parts of the north tropical coast. Morning drizzle areas are also likely about the southern tropical ranges. A cool to cold morning is expected over the interior with frost areas through the southeast interior. Moderate E to SE winds for most of the state, fresh to strong along the east coast.
Forecast for Tuesday
The large high pressure system is forecast to move into the Tasman Sea and will maintain east to southeasterly winds across the state. Isolated showers are expected about the east coast in the onshore southeasterly flow, scattered about the north tropical coast, central coast and about southeast coast districts. Isolated showers will also develop over the eastern interior during the day. The remainder of the state will remain fine and mostly sunny under the influence of the high pressure system, apart from isolated showers over the northwest Gulf Country. A cool morning is again expected over the southern interior.
Forecast for Wednesday
The high pressure system will continue to move eastwards across the Tasman Sea with the east to southeasterly winds persisting across most of the state. Moisture will therefore extend further west into the interior of the state. Isolated to scattered showers will persist about the east coast in the fresh to strong onshore flow, with isolated showers extending further inland into the southern tropical interior, central and southern interior. Morning drizzle areas are also possible in the east, particularly about the ranges. Western areas should remain fine and mostly sunny. Minimum temperatures should return to average for the time of year.
Forecast for Thursday
The high pressure system will continue to move eastwards across the Tasman Sea, approaching New Zealand late in the day. Fresh to strong east to southeasterly winds will continue to feed isolated to scattered showers onto the east coast and adjacent eastern districts, with isolated showers extending further inland into the southern and central interior. Western districts should remain fine and mostly sunny although a weak upper trough is likely to lead to increasing cloud over the southwest of the state with little, if any, rainfall.
Outlook for Friday, Saturday and Sunday
The large high pressure system near New Zealand will weaken, whilst a new high will build in the western Great Australian Bight through the outlook period. The onshore flow about the east coast will ease but should maintain isolated showers about the east coast. A series of weak upper troughs will move across the south of the state over the outlook period, increasing high cloud in the south, however little to no rainfall is expected until Saturday, when a more significant upper trough may produce some light rain in the southwest. A more significant upper trough may move across the south of the state on Sunday leading to cloud areas and some patchy light rain but there is considerable uncertainty regarding this system at this stage.
The next routine forecast will be issued at 4:45 am EST Monday.