Forecast issued at 4:30 pm EST on Friday 18 April 2014.
A high pressure system over the Bight will extend a ridge to the south this evening and move steadily east tomorrow. A cold front is expected to cross the state Sunday afternoon and early evening with another high to approach western Tasmania in the evening. A trough is expected to extend over Tasmania from the northwest during Monday as a low develops over the eastern Bight and moves southeastward. The low is expected to continue to move to the southeast during Tuesday as a high builds over SA.
Forecast for the rest of Friday
Showers about the west and far south, easing during the evening. Cool to cold with fresh to strong and gusty southwesterly winds, moderating during the evening.
Saturday 19 April
Isolated showers about the west and south, and possibly southern parts of the east coast, easing during the afternoon and mostly clearing in the evening. Fine elsewhere. Cool to cold at first with the chance of early frost about central and northeastern districts, then a cool to mild day. Moderate to fresh west to southwesterly winds, gradually easing.
Sunday 20 April
Showers about the west and the Bass Strait islands, extending to most districts during the afternoon before contracting to far northeast coasts and the Bass Strait islands in the evening. Cool to locally cold at first, then a cool to mild day. Moderate to locally fresh west to northwesterly winds shifting southwesterly during the afternoon and evening.
Monday 21 April
Rain developing about the northwest during the morning then extending statewide in the afternoon, though patchier about the south and east. Cool to cold at first, then a cool to mild day. Light winds becoming moderate to locally fresh north to northeasterly during the afternoon and evening.
Tuesday 22 April
Showers, contracting to the west, far south and northeast during the morning, then clearing the northeast by early afternoon. Cool to mild. Moderate to locally fresh northwesterly winds, becoming westerly during the morning and easing during the evening.
The next routine forecast will be issued at 5:00 am EST Saturday.