Forecast issued at 4:17 pm EDT on Monday 10 March 2014.
A large high pressure system over the Tasman Sea will move slowly eastwards across New Zealand on Tuesday and Wednesday. A weak low pressure trough over eastern Victoria will dissipate tonight. A second trough will reach western Victoria about midday Tuesday ahead of an approaching cold front. The trough will push eastwards across central districts late in the afternoon and will move into the east overnight but not reach the northeast until about midday Wednesday. The cold front will push across southern districts a few hours behind the trough. A new high pressure system will form over Bight waters on Wednesday and will push across Bass Strait on Thursday to link with the first high pressure system over New Zealand by Friday.
Forecast for the rest of Monday
Partly cloudy. The chance of showers and thunderstorms this evening. Light winds.
Tuesday 11 March
Partly cloudy. Isolated showers and the chance of thunderstorms from the early afternoon. Winds north to northwesterly 20 to 30 km/h tending west to northwesterly 15 to 25 km/h in the early afternoon then tending north to northwesterly in the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to between 14 and 18 with daytime temperatures reaching 27 to 34.
Fire Danger - High
UV Alert from 10:00 am to 4:40 pm, UV Index predicted to reach 9 [Very High]
Wednesday 12 March
Partly cloudy. Areas of rain, easing to isolated showers in the morning, clearing in the late afternoon. The chance of thunderstorms, contracting to the east and clearing in the afternoon. Winds northwesterly 15 to 20 km/h tending northwest to southwesterly 15 to 25 km/h early in the morning then becoming light in the late afternoon. Overnight temperatures falling to between 12 and 17 with daytime temperatures reaching 21 to 29.
Thursday 13 March
Local morning fog then a mostly sunny day. The chance of showers near the New South Wales border in the morning. Light winds becoming north to northwesterly 15 to 20 km/h during the morning then becoming light during the day. Overnight temperatures falling to between 7 and 12 with daytime temperatures reaching 24 to 30.
Friday 14 March
Partly cloudy. Isolated showers and the chance of thunderstorms. Winds north to northwesterly 15 to 25 km/h becoming north to northeasterly and light during the afternoon. Overnight temperatures falling to between 9 and 14 with daytime temperatures reaching 23 to 30.
The next routine forecast will be issued at 5:40 am EDT Tuesday.