Herbert and the Lower Burdekin Forecast
Issued at 9:52 am EST on Monday 18 February 2019 for the period until midnight EST Thursday 21 February 2019.

Weather Situation: A surface trough over the southwest of the state will move gradually eastwards over the next few days triggering the slight to medium chance of showers and thunderstorms over the interior. A high pressure system will move slowly eastwards across the Great Australian Bight over the next few days, extending a ridge and dry airmass into western Queensland in the wake of the trough. Tropical cyclone Oma lies in the far northeastern Coral Sea and is expected to move south-southwestwards over the Coral Sea through the remainder of the week. This system will lead to a significant increase in seas and swells over southern Queensland waters mid to late this week, leading to dangerous surf conditions and abnormally high tides with possible beach erosion south of about Fraser Island. Maximum temperatures will rise to be well above average across much of the state during this week.

Forecast for the rest of Monday 18 February Mostly sunny. Slight (20%) chance of a shower in the late morning and afternoon. The chance of a thunderstorm in the late morning and afternoon. Winds west to southwesterly 15 to 20 km/h tending south to southwesterly in the middle of the day then becoming light in the early afternoon. Daytime maximum temperatures in the low to mid 30s.

Ayr: Mostly sunny. Max 32
Ingham: Mostly sunny. Max 33
Townsville: Mostly sunny. Max 32
Fire Danger: Low-Moderate

Sun protection 8:20am to 4:30pm, UV Index predicted to reach 15 [Extreme]

Forecast for Tuesday 19 February Hot. Mostly sunny morning. Slight (20%) chance of a shower in the afternoon. The chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon. Light winds becoming northwest to southwesterly 20 to 30 km/h in the morning then becoming light in the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to the low to mid 20s with daytime temperatures reaching the low to high 30s.

Ayr: Mostly sunny. Min 24 Max 35
Ingham: Hot. Partly cloudy. Min 23 Max 37
Townsville: Partly cloudy. Min 25 Max 34

Forecast for Wednesday 20 February Hot and mostly sunny. Slight (20%) chance of a shower. The chance of a thunderstorm in the north in the afternoon. Winds west to northwesterly 15 to 20 km/h turning southwesterly during the morning then becoming light during the afternoon. Overnight temperatures falling to the low to mid 20s with daytime temperatures reaching 35 to 40.

Ayr: Hot and sunny. Min 25 Max 38
Ingham: Hot and mostly sunny. Min 25 Max 40
Townsville: Hot and sunny. Min 26 Max 37

Forecast for Thursday 21 February Hot and sunny. Light winds. Overnight temperatures falling to the low to mid 20s with daytime temperatures reaching the mid to high 30s.

Ayr: Mostly sunny. Min 25 Max 36
Ingham: Hot and sunny. Min 25 Max 39
Townsville: Hot and mostly sunny. Min 25 Max 36

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

Weather Data sourced from the Bureau of Meteorology.