Forecast issued at 5:00 am EST on Thursday 29 September 2016.
A weak ridge of high pressure extends from a high over the southern Coral Sea to the northern tropical coast. An upper trough is maintaining a cloud band over central and southern Queensland and will shift eastwards through today and off much of the east coast early on Friday. A cold front associated with the upper trough will also move rapidly eastwards through inland Queensland today, reaching the Coral Sea as far north as about Cardwell early Friday morning.
Forecast for the rest of Thursday
Cloudy. High (80% chance of showers or mainly light rain, most likely from late this morning. The chance of a gusty thunderstorm from late this morning. Winds northerly 25 to 40 km/h. Daytime maximum temperatures 21 to 26.
Fire Danger - Low-Moderate
Sun protection 8:10am to 3:20pm, UV Index predicted to reach 12 [Extreme]
Friday 30 September
Medium (50%) chance of showers in the early morning. The chance of a thunderstorm in the early morning. Sunny day. Winds northwesterly 20 to 30 km/h increasing to 35 km/h before turning southwesterly 15 to 20 km/h in the late afternoon. Overnight temperatures falling to between 9 and 17 with daytime temperatures reaching 22 to 28.
Saturday 1 October
Sunny. Light winds becoming westerly 15 to 20 km/h during the morning then becoming light during the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to between 7 and 12 with daytime temperatures reaching 24 to 29.
Sunday 2 October
Mostly sunny. Slight (20%) chance of a shower inland in the evening. Near zero chance of rain elsewhere. Light winds becoming northwest to northeasterly 15 to 20 km/h during the afternoon then becoming light during the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to between 7 and 13 with daytime temperatures reaching around 30.
The next routine forecast will be issued at 4:15 pm EST Thursday.