HEAVY rain expected today with falls to 30mm in places should ease for the weekend although light showery conditions would persist.

The Bureau of Meteorology was forecasting a 90 per cent chance of rain with southeasterly winds from 15-25km/h expected to become lighter this evening.

Brief heavy falls late Thursday failed to deliver large totals with Kin Kin (15mm) and Palmwoods (8mm) the standouts.

The formation of Tropical Cyclone Nora in the Gulf of Carpentaria may cross into the North Coral Sea around Monday but is not having immediate impact on Sunshine Coast weather.

The system was expected to move southeast through today while intensifying and could reach Category Three strength by Sunday.

The Fiji Meteorological Bureau was also tracking a tropical depression which was down to 1000hPa at its centre which has a moderate to high chance of developing into a cyclone over the next three days.

 

THE Bureau of Meteorology four-day forecast weather map for Monday places a low pressure system in the Coral Sea north of the Sunshine Coast.
THE Bureau of Meteorology four-day forecast weather map for Monday places a low pressure system in the Coral Sea north of the Sunshine Coast.

Access-Global weather modelling places a low pressure system off the Sunshine Coast by Wednesday of next week.

The BOM was forecasting a partly-cloudy Saturday for the Sunshine Coast with a maximum temperature of 27C and south, southeasterly winds from 15-20km/h increasing from the east, southeast at 15-25km/h before becoming light into the evening.

The east, southeasterlies would greet early risers on Sunday with winds expected to then shift east, northeast at 15-25km/h later in the day.

The cloudy conditions were expected to continue into next week when southeasterly winds would persist and a 50 per cent chance of rain through the BOM's forecast period to Wednesday.

The Access-Global modelling puts a 1003hPa low directly off the Sunshine Coast on Wednesday which was expected to hang around in the Coral Sea at least into Good Friday.



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