Weekend weather in lap of gods

COULD it be we have insulted the rain gods with the Southern Downs forecast to be on the outer edges of yet another major Queensland weather event?

As central regions batten down in preparation for Cyclone Ului we are expecting gusty winds to develop over our region tomorrow with “some potential” for light showers.

Weatherzone meteorologist Martin Palmer said conditions werelargely dependent on the movements of the cyclone.

“Cyclones are notoriously unpredictable, but if the Ului crosses the coast as predicted near Mackay on Saturday night or early Sunday morning we should see increased south-easterly winds,” Mr Palmer said.

“If the system moves south we have a better chance of increased rainfall, but I would expect there is some potential for rain but 15 and 20mm tops.

“Meanwhile in prone areas of the Southern Downs wind speeds could get up to 80km per hour late Saturday.”

Blustery conditions are forecast to continue Sunday and possibly until Wednesday, hinging on the cyclone’s movements along the Queensland coast.

According to Mr Palmer, if the system tracks southward our chance of significant rainfall increases dramatically.

“The Darling Downs and Granite Belt have the best chance of wet weather on Monday, when we are likely to see winds swing around and become north-easterlies and poten- tially rain-bearing,” Mr Palmer said.

“If the cyclone crosses the coast and becomes a low pressure trough inland we have the greatest chance of wet weather.

“In that case I would expect rainfall in the vicinity of 30 to 40mm over a widespread section of south-east Queensland.”

While many aspects of our forecast remain dependant on the cyclone’s movements during the next 48 hours there are some definites.

“Temperatures should be below average for the weekend, hovering around the mid 20s under cloud cover,” Mr Palmer said.

“And which ever way the cyclone tracks, I would anticipate gusty wind conditions for the next few days.”



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