Forecast issued at 5:00 am EST on Friday 9 December 2016.
An upper trough will approach southwestern Queensland during Friday evening and then amplify over western Queensland during the weekend. A surface trough over the southwest of the state will move north and east during the rest of today, while a coastal trough will move into far southern waters during Friday afternoon and move through southern coastal areas into Saturday. A high over the Great Australian Bight will extend and drier and cooler air mass in the wake of the surface trough with temperatures across much of southern and central Queensland becoming cooler than normal over the weekend.
Forecast for the rest of Friday
Cloudy. Very high (90%) chance of showers and patchy rain. The chance of a thunderstorm. Winds west to southwesterly 15 to 25 km/h becoming light in the early afternoon. Daytime maximum temperatures 28 to 34.
Fire Danger - Low-Moderate
Sun protection 7:50am to 3:50pm, UV Index predicted to reach 14 [Extreme]
Saturday 10 December
Cloudy. Medium (60%) chance of showers in the north, slight (20%) chance elsewhere. The chance of a thunderstorm. Winds south to southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h tending east to southeasterly 20 to 30 km/h during the morning. Overnight temperatures falling to between 15 and 20 with daytime temperatures reaching the mid to high 20s.
Sunday 11 December
Cloudy. Medium (40%) chance of showers, most likely in the morning and afternoon. Winds east to southeasterly 15 to 25 km/h. Overnight temperatures falling to between 15 and 20 with daytime temperatures reaching the mid to high 20s.
Monday 12 December
Partly cloudy. Medium (40%) chance of showers in the morning and afternoon. Winds east to southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h becoming light during the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to between 14 and 19 with daytime temperatures reaching the mid to high 20s.
The next routine forecast will be issued at 4:15 pm EST Friday.