A body boarder makes the most of smaller conditions at Point Perry, Coolum, this week.
A body boarder makes the most of smaller conditions at Point Perry, Coolum, this week. Warren Lynam

Cold change for Coast before rain hits

A CYCLONE is expected to form off the north Queensland coast in the coming days but the Bureau of Meteorology at this stage does not expect it to last long.

Forecaster Kimba Wong said there was also only a relatively low chance of an east coast low forming off the system in the foreseeable future.

The BOM said as at 10am yesterday a weak tropical low was located just to the east of Honiara in the Solomon Islands.

The low was likely to move slowly south west into the central Coral Sea by late in the week.

The BOM said it may undergo some development in a reasonably favourable environment.

The system would remain well offshore and posed no threat to the Queensland coast.

Ms Wong said winds in Sunshine Coast coastal waters would increase from Friday with an increase in rain activity from Monday.

She said there was uncertainty about the low pressure system's track which would ultimately determine rainfall totals.

At this point it was expected to be in the order of 5-10mm on Sunday but then increase into Tuesday through to the middle of the week with totals of up to 20mm.

A cold front moving through Friday night would drop temperatures considerably, bringing a southerly change expected to produce 20-25 knot south, south-westerlies Saturday morning becoming south easterly through the day.

Seas would be 2-3m off shore.

Today should reach a temperature peak of 25C on a mostly-sunny day with light winds.

It would be a warm 16C overnight into a mostly-sunny Friday with light winds becoming 15-25km/h from the south west and a temperature maximum of 27C.

Things are set to go down hill from there.

A strong southerly change into Saturday would see 20-30km/h south westerlies early becoming south easterly by mid morning.

A rising overnight swell would also activate. The overnight temperature minimum would drop to 11-12C and colder inland ahead of a 22C peak on an otherwise sunny day.

The overnight minimum would rise to 15C into Sunday ahead of a 23C peak on a partly-cloudy day with a 60 per cent chance of any rain in the afternoon or evening. South, south-westerlies from 15-20km/h would swing south east at 20-30km/h.

The cloudy conditions would see overnight temperatures into Monday rise to 17C ahead of a 25C maximum with a 70 per cent chance of rain later in the day and south easterlies from 15 to 24km/h.

Expect those overnight temperatures to rise further to 19C into Tuesday and then 20C in Wednesday with an 80 per cent chance of rain and with falls to 20 mm.



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