Forecast issued at 4:31 pm EST on Tuesday 21 October 2014.
A strong high pressure system in the Tasman Sea extends a firm ridge along the east Queensland coast. The high will weaken and the ridge will relax from late Wednesday. A broad area of low pressure and hot to very hot conditions will develop over the southern interior of the state from mid week, extending to remaining southern, western and central parts from Friday.
Forecast for the rest of Tuesday
Some showers about the east tropical and central coasts. Showers along parts of the southern coast and nearby inland. Possible showers or storms over the Darling Downs. Fine and clear elsewhere. Moderate to fresh northeasterly winds in the southwest, tending east to southeasterly elsewhere.
Wednesday 22 October
Some showers about the east tropical and central coasts, and possibly about southern coastal areas in the morning. Possible afternoon showers or storms over the southern interior. Fine and sunny elsewhere. A warm day in the southwest with moderate to fresh northeasterly winds. Moderate to fresh and gusty east to southeasterly winds elsewhere.
Fire Danger - Very High over northern districts
Thursday 23 October
The high in the Tasman Sea will weaken, relaxing the ridge and onshore wind flow further along the east Queensland coast, with shower activity now greatly decreased and confined to the east tropical coast. The surface trough near the southwestern border of the state should shift a little further east, increasing instability through the southern interior and far southern Darling Downs and Granite Belt with some showers and storms expected. Fine and mostly sunny conditions will occur elsewhere. Very warm to hot conditions will spread through the southern interior.
Friday 24 October
The weak trough will most likely shift further east into the southeastern interior of Queensland, with a broad area of instability developing over the south of the state. Some showers and storms are likely, particularly near the southern border ranges. A slight chance of showers will persist near the east tropical coast. Fine and mostly sunny conditions will occur over the remainder of the state. A hot day is expected through much of the interior and southeast inland.
Saturday 25 October
A broad area of instability developing is expected over the south of the state, with showers and storms likely, particularly in the east. A slight chance of showers will persist near the east tropical coast. Fine and mostly sunny conditions will occur over the remainder of the state. A hot to very hot day is expected through much of the interior and southeast inland.
Sunday until Tuesday
A relatively static weather pattern will result in hot to very hot conditions through much of western, central and southern Queensland during the outlook period, particularly inland parts. A broad area of instability will also most likely generate some showers and storms through southern and central districts, possibly extending into the northern interior from Monday. Mostly fine conditions are expected in the tropics, with just the slight chance of showers about far northern parts.
The next routine forecast will be issued at 4:30 am EST Wednesday.