South Australia Forecast

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Forecast issued at 4:30 pm CDT on Wednesday 29 January 2020.

Weather Situation

A ridge of high pressure over the southeast of the State will move eastwards overnight. A very hot northerly airstream ahead of a slow-moving cold front will drag tropical moisture over the State through the next few days. The cold front is expected to move across the west on Friday, then continue trough central and southeastern parts of the State on Saturday before clearing from the northeast on Sunday. Another high pressure ridge will extend across waters to the south of SA early next week.

Forecast for the rest of Wednesday

Severe heatwave conditions are forecast for parts of South Australia. A slight chance of showers and possible thunderstorms in the far north. Areas of raised dust in the far north. Hot to very hot with moderate north to northeasterly winds.

Thursday 30 January

Severe heatwave conditions continue for parts of South Australia. Very hot throughout with mainly moderate northerly winds freshening in the north and west with areas of raised dust over parts of the Pastoral districts. Increasing humidity in the north. A medium to high chance of showers and isolated thunderstorms in the far north, and a slight chance over remaining parts north and west of a line near Cummins to Peterborough to Cameron Corner, apart from the far west.

Friday 31 January

Very hot with northerly winds ahead of a milder southerly change moving across western districts to reach Cleve and Tarcoola in the evening. Possible areas of raised dust over the Pastoral districts ahead of the change. Humid with showers and isolated thunderstorms, apart from near the the western border and the eastern border area north of about Renmark. Local heavy falls are possible in a band stretching from Coober Pedy to Eyre Peninsula.

Saturday 1 February

Showers and thunderstorms over most parts of the State, apart from the far west and the far northeast, gradually easing later in the day as the band of rainfall slowly moves eastwards. Very hot in the east of the North East Pastoral with northerly winds ahead of the change with mild to warm conditions elsewhere. Possible local heavy falls.

Sunday 2 February

A slight chance of showers about southern and western coasts. A chance of showers and thunderstorms in the vicinity of the North East Pastoral district, gradually easing and moving into the far northeast later in the day. Cool to mild in the south grading to warm to hot in the northeast corner. Mainly moderate southwest to southeasterly winds. Cumulative rainfall totals through to midnight Sunday are expected to be 10 to 30 mm over an area across the North West Pastoral district, Eyre Peninsula and the southern agricultural area, with local falls of 30 to 60 mm possible. Falls of 50 to 80 mm are also possible with thunderstorms. Less than 10 mm is expected in the far west and the far east north of about Renmark.

Monday until Wednesday

A slight chance of showers and isolated thunderstorm in the far northeast on Monday. A slight chance of showers about southern coasts early next week. Cool to mild in the south grading to warm to hot in the northeast, warming mid-week. Mainly moderate southwest to southeasterly winds.

The next routine forecast will be issued at 5:30 am CDT Thursday.

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