Forecast issued at 4:30 pm EST on Friday 18 April 2014.
A surface trough extends from the Gulf Country through the Central Highlands to the Darling Downs; the southern section of this trough will move off the southeast coast overnight into Saturday. A ridge extends from a high pressure system over South Australia into southern and central inland Queensland, producing a dry and stable airmass over most of the state.
Forecast for the rest of Friday
Fine and clear across most of the state. Isolated showers about the eastern districts north of Rockhampton, and mainly isolated showers and thunderstorms over the state's far north. Light to moderate southeast to northeast winds.
Saturday 19 April
Fine and sunny over most of the state. Isolated showers about the tropical east coast, tending scattered with isolated thunderstorms over the far north. Light to moderate southeast to northeasterly winds, fresh at times over the far north.
Sunday 20 April
The high over southeast Australia should maintain fine and mostly sunny conditions across most of Queensland. A trough lying over far southern Papua New Guinea, combined with increasingly moist northeasterly flow aloft should lead to showers increasing to rain areas and isolated thunderstorms over the northern Peninsula.
Monday 21 April
The high will move into the Tasman Sea, and combined with the dry airmass it should maintain fine and mostly sunny conditions across most of Queensland. the trough over the far north should continue to produce scattered showers, rain areas and isolated thunderstorms over the northern Peninsula.
Tuesday 22 April
Moist easterly flow combined with the slow moving trough over the far north with continue to produce at least scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms over the northern tropics. Isolated showers and thunderstorms should also return to the Gulf Country. More isolated showers are likely to continue along the remainder of the tropical east coast. A major upper trough will move eastwards through central Australia and southwestern Queensland, producing some high cloud, however the dry airmass in place near the surface will rule out any precipitation with this feature.
Wednesday until Friday
Showers and isolated thunderstorms should continue over the far north, although this activity will probably taper off as the trough over the far north weakens. The upper level trough should continue eastwards, moving off the southern Queensland coast during Friday. This feature will lead to showers returning to the southern Queensland coast in the onshore flow, and may also lead to isolated showers and possibly a thunderstorm or two over the southern inland. Fine and mostly sunny elsewhere.
The next routine forecast will be issued at 4:30 am EST Saturday.