MELBOURNE - Jul 30/10 - SNS -- The current forecast for the state of Queensland was released by Australia's Bureau of Meteorology.
IDQ1070001 WARNING SUMMARY 1. A strong wind warning is current for offshore waters south of Cape Moreton. 2. A strong wind warning has been issued for waters between Torres Strait and Port Douglas for Sunday. 3. A strong wind warning has been issued for eastern Gulf waters for Sunday. STATE FORECAST for the rest of Saturday and Sunday Cloudy with patchy rain areas over the southern interior, contracting into the southeast and easing to light showers later this afternoon and evening. Isolated light showers over the far northeastern tropics and through the central interior, developing over the central coast and southern tropics on Sunday. Morning fog patches and drizzle areas on Sunday over the east coast north of Brisbane and through the southeastern and central interior. Moderate to fresh SE to NE winds over the tropics. Warm with moderate to fresh NW winds over central and southeastern districts ahead of a cooler SW wind change extending from the west during the afternoon and evening. Moderate SW to SE winds over western districts. EXTENDED OUTLOOK Monday: A large high over the Great Australian Bight will extend a firm ridge and SW to SE winds into Queensland. Strong SE winds continuing about the tropical east coast north of Port Douglas and through the Gulf of Carpentaria. Isolated light showers and morning drizzle areas over the central coast and northeast tropics. Dry elsewhere. Cool over much of the state with some early light frost about the Granite Belt. Tuesday: The high will remain over the Great Australian Bight as a low deepens over the Tasman Sea. The ridge will persist across southern Queensland and continue pushing drier SW to SE winds over much of the state. Fine throughout except for very isolated shower activity over the far northeast tropical coast. Cool over much of the state with more extensive frost areas over the southeast, southern and central interior. Fresh to strong winds about all coastal waters. Wednesday: A deep trough moving over southeastern Australia will extend into western Queensland though in a weakening mode, with only patchy light rain areas expected to develop about far southwestern parts of the state in the evening. Fine conditions elsewhere apart from isolated light showers over northern Cape York Peninsula. The low over the Tasman Sea moves further east, easing winds over southern and central Queensland waters. Strong SE'ly winds also ease over the northern tropics as the high over the Great Australian Bight weakens. Another cold morning over the southeast, southern and central interior with widespread early frosts. The outlook for Thursday, Friday and Saturday: The trough moves east over Queensland on Thursday, extending a patchy light rain band east over the southern interior with possible thunder about the border. Dry SW to SE winds again extend over the state south of the tropics following the trough on Friday and Saturday. Remaining mostly fine through the tropics with only isolated showers about northern Cape York Peninsula. Widespread early frost areas continue over the southeast and southern interior.
STAT News Service