Single figures are on the horizon

At the weekend

SATURDAY was a comfortable day with light winds from the west to north-west throughout the day. Some patchy cloud did develop but no rain was recorded. There was a high of 27 degrees after an overnight low of 15.

Sunday started with some patchy cloud in the east and became overcast by mid-morning. No rain was recorded in Warwick but areas north saw some showers. There was a high of 21 degrees after an overnight low of 14.

Forecast

A SERIES of upper and surface troughs are moving eastward across the southern parts of Queensland as an upper trough and associated surface trough move north along the Queensland coast. Cyclone Ita should continue to move away from the Queensland coast in a south-easterly direction and pose no threat to our region. Temperatures are likely to cool to single figures later in the week.

Today

TODAY should start out with some overcast conditions as the remnants of Cyclone Ita move off-shore and away from the region. The overcast skies should break to patchy cloud by mid-afternoon. There is a chance of some isolated showers over the ranges but areas west of the range should remain dry. Light to moderate winds should blow from the south-east, tending east at times. 15-22.

Tomorrow

TUESDAY should see an upper trough over northern New South Wales and a series of surface troughs in Southern Queensland. These will slowly move east and may produce thunderstorms for western parts of our region on Tuesday afternoon. Areas close to the ranges may also see a few showers. Winds should be light to moderate from the south tending south-east during the afternoon. There may be some patchy cloud around throughout the day. 14-21.

Wednesday

WEDNESDAY may see an occasional shower in the northern parts of the region as a surface trough embeds itself along the Queensland coast. Areas south of Allora will not see any rain. It may be partly cloud throughout the day and winds should be from the south-west for most of the day. 11-24.

Thursday

THURSDAY should see a large high start to move into the Bight and push cool air along the New South Wales coast and into Southern Queensland. The surface trough will persist but will not generate any rain. Winds should be light from the south-west tending south-east at times during the afternoon. 11-24.

Friday

FRIDAY should be cool and dry as the southern high continues to push dry, cold air into the uppers. A series of surface troughs will continue to move through the region but will produce no shower or storm activity due to the dry southern air. It should be mostly clear with light to moderate south-westerly winds tending south-easterly at times. The day will see the upper and associated surface trough move closer to the east but it is not expected to cause any storms or rain for our area. Winds should be light to moderate from the north-east and the skies should be clear and sunny. 9-24.

The weekend

AT THIS stage both Saturday and Sunday should be fine and clear with temperatures around the mid-20s and single-figure overnight temperatures. There is a chance of some cloud from the south-east late Sunday afternoon.

Terry West, Southern Downs Weather and

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