Forecast issued at 5:00 am EDT on Wednesday 11 December 2013.
A cold front will cross the state this morning in a westerly stream as a low pressure system to the southeast of Tasmania move rapidly southwards during the day. A warm front will cross Tasmania on Thursday morning, followed by another cold front on Friday as a high pressure system strengthening over the Bight extends a ridge to the north of the state. The high will remain nearly stationary on Saturday, as yet another cold front approaches the state Saturday evening.
Forecast for the rest of Wednesday
Showers this morning more frequent in the west with possible hail and falling as snow to around 1000 metres. Showers easing and contracting to the west and far south during the afternoon and evening. Possible morning thunderstorms about the northwest and Bass Strait Islands. Cool to cold with moderate to fresh westerly winds.
Thursday 12 December
Showers, more frequent in the west, contracting to the west and far south later in the afternoon and evening. Cool to cold with moderate to fresh northwesterly winds shifting westerly during the afternoon then easing.
Friday 13 December
Showers, more frequent in the west, contracting to the west, far south and northeast in the evening. Cool to locally mild with moderate to fresh northwesterly winds, shifting west to southwesterly in the afternoon and evening then easing.
Saturday 14 December
Showers about the west increasing later in the evening. Possible morning showers in the northeast, otherwise fine. Cool to cold at first then a locally mild day, with light to moderate northwest to southwesterly winds.
The next routine forecast will be issued at 4:30 pm EDT Wednesday.