Forecast issued at 5:02 am EDT on Sunday 26 October 2014.
A trough lies over Bass Strait while a high is centred just south of Tasmania. The high will move away to the southeast early today with the trough to linger about the north. Another trough extending from the mainland is expected to lie near King Island tonight, linked to a cold front which will approach from the west. Both features will cross Tasmania early Monday, with the associated complex low to remain well southwest of the state. Another front embedded in a strong westerly stream is expected late on Monday, with the lows tracking eastwards during Tuesday, and yet another front embedded in the cold airflow during the afternoon. A high over the Bight will track slowly eastwards to be near Adelaide on Wednesday, while a weak warm front passes south of Tasmania.
Forecast for the rest of Sunday
Mostly cloudy with showers, clearing central north, south and east during the afternoon. Chance of isolated thunderstorms about the northwest late in the day. Cool with light to moderate east to northeasterly winds, freshening about the east and south during the morning, and about the far northwest late.
Monday 27 October
Showers statewide, contracting to the west and south during the afternoon. Hail about the west and far south, with snow developing to around 1000 metres. Possible thunderstorms in the west during the morning. Cool to cold, with moderate north to northeasterly winds, shifting fresh to strong and gusty westerly in the morning.
Tuesday 28 October
Showers statewide, contracting to the west, south, and Bass Strait islands in the evening. Possible thunderstorms about the southwest and far south during the day. Snow falling to around 600 metres in the south. A cold day with fresh to strong and gusty west to northwesterly winds.
Wednesday 29 October
Showers about the west and south, extending to the north for a period during the late morning and afternoon. Fine elsewhere. Cold at first, then a cool day with moderate to fresh and gusty west to northwesterly winds.
The next routine forecast will be issued at 4:30 pm EDT Sunday.