THE swell that has had Sunshine Coast point breaks delivering good surf over the past few days is now beginning to drop and will do so through the week.
THE swell that has had Sunshine Coast point breaks delivering good surf over the past few days is now beginning to drop and will do so through the week. Warren Lynam

Groundhog day as wet weather settles in for the week

GET used to it.

That's the message from the Bureau of Meteorology with forecaster Harry Clark predicting more of the short periods of intense falls interspersed with showers to come over the next few days.

"The pattern won't change,” Mr Clark said.

"Friday will be a bit drier. Saturday and Sunday are still uncertain.”

He said there would still be a shower or two about on election day this Saturday. Temperatures would remain cool at around the 24-25 degree mark which was 2-3 degrees cooler than the November average.

The big high pressure system in the Tasman, another larger upper level Low to its north and an inland Queensland surface and upper level system were responsible for the ongoing instability.

The inland system pushed towards coastal areas on the weekend but didn't reach us, although its effects were more prevalent on its eastern side.

Mr Clark said that system had since slipped back to the west however "chunky showers” were still being generated by the Tasmania high.

A low pressure system to the north of New Zealand which had been responsible for long-fetch swell has disappeared.

Surfers can expect wave heights to drop away from today. At 6am the Mooloolaba Wave Buoy was still recording maximum wave heights above four metres and significant wave heights at two metres with a period of just under 14 seconds.

Tuesday would reach a peak of 25 degrees and winds from the south south-east at 20-30km/h.

Wednesday was expected to be cooler at 24 degrees on another cloudy day with showers and the chance of a thunderstorm and winds from the south south-east again at 15-20kmh.

The daytime maximum on Thursday would climb back to 26 degrees but would be cooler away from the coast with showers and light winds early increasing to 15-20 km/h from the east south-east.

Friday would see temperatures bumped up further to 27 degrees at Maroochydore on a drier day with only light falls expected at most and winds again from the east south-east.

Expect a cloudy election day on Saturday. Although the forecast remains uncertain this far out, showers and the chance of a thunderstorm were predicted for a day where the maximum would reach 28 degrees and winds would continue from the east south east at 15-20km/h.



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