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Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology Queensland

North Tropical Coast and Tablelands District Forecast Issued at 4:21 pm EST on Thursday 21 February 2019 for the period until midnight EST Monday 25 February 2019.

Warning Information
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Weather Situation
Tropical cyclone Oma lies in the central Coral Sea and is expected to move southwestwards over the next few days, before possibly taking a more westerly or northwesterly track. This system will lead to a significant increase in seas and swells over southern Queensland waters mid to late this week, initially leading to dangerous surf conditions and abnormally high tides with possible beach erosion south of about Fraser Island in the next day or two, followed by the possibility of increasing winds and rainfall about the southeast over the weekend. Oma could also lead to gales and damaging wind gusts developing about the southern coast from Friday, with possible heavy falls from Saturday. A surface trough over the eastern interior will move gradually northeastwards over the next few days triggering the slight to medium chance of showers and thunderstorms over the interior. A high pressure system will move slowly eastwards across the Great Australian Bight over the next few days, extending a ridge and dry airmass into western Queensland. Maximum temperatures will ease in the next day or so particularly about the southeast as cloud cover increases.

Forecast for the rest of Thursday 21 February Hot. Clear. Winds southwesterly 15 to 20 km/h becoming light in the evening.

Forecast for Friday 22 February
Sunny day. The chance of a thunderstorm in the north at night. Winds northwest to southwesterly 15 to 20 km/h becoming light in the morning then becoming northeast to southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h in the early afternoon. Overnight temperatures falling to between 17 and 24 with daytime temperatures reaching 31 to 36.

Atherton Sunny. Min 18 Max 32

Cairns Mostly sunny. Min 24 Max 34
Cooktown Hot and mostly sunny. Min 26 Max 37
Innisfail Mostly sunny. Min 22 Max 33
Mareeba Sunny. Min 20 Max 35

Fire Danger:
High

Sun protection 8:30am to 4:30pm, UV Index predicted to reach 15 [Extreme]

Forecast for Saturday 23 February
Partly cloudy. Slight (30%) chance of a shower. Light winds. Overnight temperatures falling to between 19 and 24 with daytime temperatures reaching 28 to 33.

Atherton Partly cloudy. Min 19 Max 29
Cairns Partly cloudy. Min 25 Max 33
Cooktown Partly cloudy. Min 25 Max 33
Innisfail Possible shower. Min 23 Max 31
Mareeba Partly cloudy. Min 21 Max 32

Forecast for Sunday 24 February
Partly cloudy. Medium (40%) chance of showers, most likely in the morning and afternoon. The chance of a thunderstorm. Light winds. Overnight temperatures falling to between 19 and 24 with daytime temperatures reaching around 30.

Atherton Possible shower or storm. Min 19 Max 28
Cairns Possible shower. Min 24 Max 32
Cooktown Possible shower or storm. Min 25 Max 32
Innisfail Possible shower. Min 23 Max 31
Mareeba Possible shower or storm. Min 21 Max 30

Forecast for Monday 25 February
Partly cloudy. Slight (30%) chance of a shower. The chance of a thunderstorm. Light winds. Overnight temperatures falling to between 18 and 24 with daytime temperatures reaching 28 to 33.

Atherton Possible shower or storm. Min 19 Max 29
Cairns Partly cloudy. Min 24 Max 32
Cooktown Partly cloudy. Min 25 Max 33
Innisfail Partly cloudy. Min 23 Max 31
Mareeba Possible shower or storm. Min 21 Max 31

The next routine forecast will be issued at 5:00 am EST Friday.

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