Herbert and the Lower Burdekin Forecast
Issued at 5:00 am EST on Wednesday 21 February 2018 for the period until midnight EST Saturday 24 February 2018.

Weather Situation: An upper low over southern inland Queensland will move slowly northwards through the eastern and central inland from today through to the end of the week. This feature will extend unstable conditions over much of the state, particularly northern and central districts. A surface trough over western Queensland will shift further west over the next couple of days, resulting in a moist air mass extending over much of the state. A strengthening ridge along the southern Queensland coast will combine with a deepening trough moving west across the Coral Sea to possibly enhance showers about the southern coast and nearby inland later this week, however there is some uncertainty with the evolution of this trough. Hot conditions will focus more through the northwest today, while cooler conditions under heavy cloud cover will spread across most eastern inland parts, reaching the northwest by the weekend.

Forecast for the rest of Wednesday 21 February Mostly cloudy. Very high (95%) chance of showers and gusty thunderstorms. Thunderstorms possibly severe. Some heavy falls likely with thunderstorms. Winds northwest to northeasterly 15 to 25 km/h tending east to northeasterly in the morning then becoming light in the evening. Daytime maximum temperatures around 30.

Ayr: Showers. Storm likely. Max 29
Ingham: Showers. Storm likely. Max 31
Townsville: Showers. Storm likely. Max 30
Fire Danger: Low-Moderate

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

Forecast for Thursday 22 February Cloudy. High (80%) chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm, with possible heavy falls in the north. Light winds becoming east to northeasterly 15 to 20 km/h in the middle of the day then becoming light in the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to between 19 and 23 with daytime temperatures reaching around 30.

Ayr: Showers. Possible storm. Min 22 Max 30
Ingham: Showers. Possible storm. Min 23 Max 30
Townsville: Showers. Possible storm. Min 24 Max 30

Forecast for Friday 23 February Partly cloudy. High (70%) chance of showers, most likely in the morning and afternoon. The chance of a thunderstorm. Light winds becoming north to northeasterly 15 to 20 km/h during the day then becoming light during the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to between 19 and 23 with daytime temperatures reaching around 30.

Ayr: Showers. Min 22 Max 29
Ingham: Showers. Possible storm. Min 23 Max 29
Townsville: Showers. Min 24 Max 29

Forecast for Saturday 24 February Partly cloudy. High (70%) chance of showers, most likely in the morning and afternoon. The chance of a thunderstorm. Light winds becoming north to northeasterly 15 to 20 km/h during the day then becoming light during the afternoon. Overnight temperatures falling to the low to mid 20s with daytime temperatures reaching around 30.

Ayr: Shower or two. Min 23 Max 29
Ingham: Showers. Min 23 Max 30
Townsville: Shower or two. 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.