Herbert and the Lower Burdekin Forecast
Issued at 5:00 am EST on Wednesday 12 December 2018 for the period until midnight EST Saturday 15 December 2018.

Weather Situation: Tropical cyclone Owen is located over the southern Gulf of Carpentaria, and is expected to continue moving westwards while intensifying up until Thursday. The system is then expected to take an easterly track again, and may make landfall about the southeast Gulf as a severe tropical cyclone, before tracking down the east coast as a deep low pressure system over the weekend. A slow moving high pressure system over the Tasman Sea will maintain a weakening ridge through central and southeastern over the next few days. Moisture is likely to increase through much of the state from today, likely combining with a significant upper trough developing over southeastern Australia to lead to showers and thunderstorms over much of the state on Thursday, shifting to central and eastern districts late in the week.

Forecast for the rest of Wednesday 12 December Cloudy. High (80%) chance of showers, most likely in the late morning and afternoon. The chance of a thunderstorm with possible heavy falls. Light winds becoming east to northeasterly 15 to 20 km/h in the middle of the day then becoming light in the evening. Daytime maximum temperatures around 30.

Ayr: Showers. Max 31
Ingham: Showers. Max 31
Townsville: Showers. Max 31
Fire Danger: Low-Moderate

Sun protection 7:50am to 4:20pm, UV Index predicted to reach 15 [Extreme]

Forecast for Thursday 13 December Partly cloudy. High (70%) chance of showers, most likely in the late morning and afternoon. The chance of a thunderstorm with possible heavy falls. Light winds. Overnight temperatures falling to the low to mid 20s with daytime temperatures reaching around 30.

Ayr: Shower or two. Min 23 Max 31
Ingham: Shower or two. Min 22 Max 33
Townsville: Shower or two. Min 26 Max 32

Forecast for Friday 14 December Cloudy. Very high (90%) chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm. Light winds becoming east to northeasterly 15 to 20 km/h during the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to the low to mid 20s with daytime temperatures reaching around 30.

Ayr: Showers. Possible storm. Min 23 Max 30
Ingham: Showers. Possible storm. Min 23 Max 31
Townsville: Showers. Possible storm. Min 26 Max 30

Forecast for Saturday 15 December Cloudy. High (80%) chance of rain. The chance of a thunderstorm. Heavy falls possible. Winds east to northeasterly 35 to 55 km/h shifting west to southwesterly 35 to 50 km/h during the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to the low to mid 20s with daytime temperatures reaching the mid to high 20s.

Ayr: Possibly windy. Storm. Min 23 Max 30
Ingham: Possibly windy. Storm. Min 22 Max 31
Townsville: Possibly windy. Storm. Min 25 Max 30

The next routine forecast will be issued at 4:15 pm EST Wednesday.

Weather Data sourced from the Bureau of Meteorology.