HAPPY NEW YEAR! The storm over Leslie Dam on New Year’s Eve.
HAPPY NEW YEAR! The storm over Leslie Dam on New Year’s Eve. Terry West

Cool change is on the way

MOTHER Nature turned on the furnace for us at the weekend with Saturday being the hottest day so far.

It reached 40 degrees at 12.30pm with many personal stations reporting up to 44c.

Winds were generally west-north-west throughout the day before a south-easterly change came through in the evening.

Sunday was a bit cooler, but not by much, with a maximum of 35 degrees and winds from the south-east before swinging to the south-west during the afternoon.

The week ahead

THE trough that has been holding the heat in should start to head back into the west early this week as a ridge forms near the coast.

By Thursday a new high in the Bight should start to push fresh, moist air into the region and cool us down to the mid to high 20s.

Today

TODAY should see the trough start to retreat but temperatures will still be very warm.

Our only real chance of showers and storms is today as they move in from the north.

Winds should be moderate from the north-west tending to the north at times and it should be partly cloudy all day.

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Tomorrow

TOMORROW there is a chance of showers and storms in the afternoon but most of the activity will be to the north of the region.

The trough should continue to retreat as a ridge forms along the east coast.

The interaction of the cool, moist eastern atmosphere and the dry, hot west should cause instability, leading to a chance of some of the storms being severe.

It will be partly cloudy throughout the day.

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Wednesday

WEDNESDAY may see storms in the western Downs from early afternoon and some of these cells may have good rain in them.

The eastern Downs only has a slight chance of showers or rain as the trough continues westward, taking the unstable air with it.

The day should be partly cloudy and winds should be from the east all day.

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Thursday

THURSDAY should see the trough in the far west and our region under the influence of the onshore flow from a high over Tasmania.

The central west may see the rain they have been waiting for but unfortunately, we may not.

Winds should be moderate from the south-east throughout the day.

It should be partly cloudy and the only chance of the eastern Downs seeing any rain is from the east.

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Friday

FRIDAY may see a shower or two in the afternoon but only a couple of mL is forecast.

We will stay under the influence of the high as it pushes light to moderate south-east winds into our region.

Even though this will moisten the upper atmosphere, it will not create enough instability to generate storms.

It will be overcast for most of the day.

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The weekend

AT THIS stage both Saturday and Sunday look like they will be overcast with the chance of a shower in the afternoon. Winds should be from the south-east.

Sunday may see a surface trough develop in the afternoon over Goondiwindi and may lead to a storm.



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