This week’s forecast for August 26, 2013

COOL mornings and perfect days were the order of the weekend and Mother Nature delivered it for us. Saturday started out with a low of 3 degrees and reached 21 with clear skies and a light breeze from the south-west. Sunday was much the same with 3 degrees in the morning and a high of 22. Some patchy cloud moved in from the north-east during the afternoon, riding on a north-easterly breeze.

Today will see the high move into the Tasman Sea, keeping the Downs cool in the mornings with a clear day and light north-easterly winds. Some patchy cloud in the afternoon and frost can be expected in low lying areas. 4-23 degrees.

Tuesday will see the high continue to move slowly eastwards across the Tasman Sea with a weak ridge hanging around the east coast. A trough should start to approach the south-west corner of the state. The Downs should stay fine and sunny. Temperatures will warm a bit ahead of a north-westerly flow. 4-24 degrees.

Wednesday will be fine and sunny with temperatures warming during the day as the trough stagnates near the western border and pushes hot air across the state and into our region. 5-25 degrees.

Thursday will see a trough moving across NSW with warm north-westerly winds pushing into our region. This will start to cause some instability but no rain is expected. Cloud may start to move in during the afternoon. 5-24 degrees.

Friday has the chance of an early shower or two as the trough moves into northern NSW and Queensland. A north-easterly breeze should keep the region warm and it will be partly cloudy throughout the day.

At this stage next weekend is looking like a chance of a shower on Saturday and fine Sunday.

Terry West, Southern Downs  Weather & Storm Chasing



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