Forecast issued at 5:00 am EST on Tuesday 28 March 2017.
Tropical cyclone Debbie lies just off the central Queensland coast and is expected to move west-southwest towards the coast through the remainder of today, most likely crossing the central Queensland coast later this morning. The remnants of the tropical system are then expected to track further inland into the northern and central interior before likely shifting southeastwards towards the east and southeast of the state late next week, however there remains some uncertainty about the movement of this system. A weak ridge will extend along the southern and central east coast of Queensland to the south of the system for the next few days. A surface trough is expected to move east across the southern interior during Thursday and Friday.
Forecast for the rest of Tuesday
Cloudy. Very high (90%) chance of showers in the north, medium (60%) chance elsewhere. The chance of a thunderstorm. Winds easterly 15 to 20 km/h becoming light in the middle of the day. Daytime maximum temperatures around 30.
Fire Danger - Low-Moderate
Sun protection 8:30am to 3:40pm, UV Index predicted to reach 12 [Extreme]
Wednesday 29 March
Cloudy. High (80%) chance of showers, most likely from the late morning. The chance of a thunderstorm. Light winds becoming easterly 15 to 20 km/h in the morning then becoming light in the middle of the day. Overnight temperatures falling to the low 20s with daytime temperatures reaching around 30.
Thursday 30 March
Cloudy. High (80%) chance of showers. A chance of thunderstorms. Heavy falls possible in the north. Light winds becoming northeasterly 15 to 25 km/h during the morning. Overnight temperatures falling to the low 20s with daytime temperatures reaching around 30.
Friday 31 March
Cloudy. High (80%) chance of rain. A chance of thunderstorms. Heavy falls possible. Winds east to northeasterly 15 to 25 km/h turning south to southeasterly 20 to 30 km/h during the afternoon. Overnight temperatures falling to the low 20s with daytime temperatures reaching 25 to 31.
The next routine forecast will be issued at 4:15 pm EST Tuesday.