LAKE Cootharaba looking east this morning with rain on the way.
LAKE Cootharaba looking east this morning with rain on the way. John McCutcheon

Crazy weather: Hot nights, cold days, wind, fog and rain

A STRONG wind warning has been issued for Sunshine Coast waters for today as the region readies for a series of conflicting weather events in the coming days.

A low pressure system moving north out of NSW coupled with a surface trough expected to reach the Sunshine Coast on Sunday would deliver a hot start to the weekend followed by a significant temperature drop.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Jess Gardner said prolonged easterly winds over the Coral Sea would also push and east, north-easterly 1.5-2 metre swell onto our beaches from Thursday through to Saturday.

Ms Gardner said no weather models indicated the low pressure system could develop into a feared winter east coast low saying it lacked the upper system to support it.

But the low would bring showers and drizzly patches of rain on Thursday.

As the system weakened out and moved north it would push warming north easterlies onto the Sunshine Coast which combined with cloud cover would result in summer-warm overnight minimums of 17C into Friday.

By Sunday the surface trough which was expected to enter western Queensland on Friday would reach the Sunshine Coast bringing behind it a cool dry air mass which Ms Gardner said would bring about the sharp drop in temperatures.

The change would push the overnight temperature into Monday down to just 9C.

After a sunny start the rest of Thursday would be partly cloudy with a possible shower.

Wind over land from the south would reach 25km/h before shifting south easterly to 30km/h before fading late in the day.

Expect a 16C overnight minimum into Thursday ahead of a 23C maximum with a 70 per cent chance of showers and drizzle through the day. Light winds early would reach 15-20km/h from the east, north east before dropping out late.

The overnight temperature into Friday was not expected to drop below 17C ahead of another 23C maximum on a partly-cloudy day with 50 per cent chance of any rain in the form of drizzle. Winds would be light throughout.

Expect a foggy start to the weekend in the hinterland after a 15C overnight low into Saturday with the maximum again expected to hit 23C.

It would be partly cloudy with a 50 per cent chance of a shower in the morning or afternoon with winds light throughout.

A sunny Sunday with south westerly winds to 25km/h would come after an overnight low of 11C ahead of just a 20C maximum.

Monday's minimum temperature would then plummet into single figures on what should be a mostly sunny day.



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