Perfect small wave conditions continue to create plenty of opportunities for surfers right along the Sunshine Coast. But a developing weather system may bring radical change.
Perfect small wave conditions continue to create plenty of opportunities for surfers right along the Sunshine Coast. But a developing weather system may bring radical change. Warren Lynam

Weather threat looms from the north

A DEVELOPING low pressure system off the north Queensland coast was looming as a factor that could upset the run of near-perfect weather being experienced on the Sunshine Coast.

At this point the Bureau of Meteorology believes the system could deepen bringing strong winds to the southeast from Friday and rising swell from Saturday.

BOM forecaster Jess Gardner said a strong wind warning looked likely to be issued for the southeast on Friday as a high pressure system moving across from the west interacted with the low.

Temperatures warmed overnight into Tuesday compared with the previous night however a predicted cold change Friday into Saturday would see both minimum and maximum temperatures fall well below the May average.

Onshore flows associated with expected increasing south-easterly winds were predicted see a return to cloudy skies and rain on Monday.

Today will be sunny throughout with light winds early becoming north easterly at 15-20km/h before fading in the late afternoon.

It will get down to a brisk 14C overnight into Wednesday ahead of a sunny day with light winds and a 27C daytime maximum.

It will be a cooler 13C overnight into Thursday with the daytime maximum at 25C, also falling on a day of clear skies and light winds.

The BOM expects the overnight minimum to bounce back up to 15C into Friday with the day time minimum also back up to 27C on a mostly-sunny day with light winds becoming west, south-westerly from 15-25km/h in the afternoon.

Temperatures will then plummet to an overnight 11C minimum into Saturday as the new cold front moves through keeping the day time maximum to just 21C. At this stage it is expected to be a sunny start to the weekend but with south westerly winds from 20-30km/h developing through the morning.

Sunday will see the day time maximum move back up to 23C on a partly-cloudy day with a 40 per cent chance of showers and south, south-westerly winds early at 15-20km/h becoming south, south-easterly at 20-30km/h.

Developing south easterlies with a 70 per cent chance of rain will greet the next working week on Monday.



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