Issued: Monday, July 29th 2019.Its been a while between showers across South East QLD and North East NSW, but a change in weather pattern this week is expected to put an end to fine days and see a return of some showers. Above image: Rainfall between Monday morning and Friday morning (GFS model) via weather.us
While there has been the odd shower here and there, for most people across South East QLD and large parts of North East NSW (away from the beaches), its been a fairly dry July. This should change to some degree this week as a large high pressure region becomes slow moving across Southern Australia. This high is expected to see winds veer more onshore from the South to South East instead of the West or North like it has been for the past few weeks. The changing of wind direction will allow for increased moisture to come onshore over the region and this will likely coincide with an upper level trough moving across the region during the middle of week. What this will allow is for showers to become isolated late on Tuesday night / Wednesday morning before becoming isolated to possibly scattered at times during Wednesday and Thursday and then gradually easing Friday. The return of showers will also see a change in temperatures, with maximums dropping back towards average across large parts of NENSW & SEQLD.
Unfortunately, the rainfall totals aren’t expected to be spectacular. The better falls will be around the beaches or elevated terrain of the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast areas, as well as the Northern Rivers. Falls of 15-30mm seem most likely. Across Greater Brisbane and around the Fraser Coast, lighter falls of 5-15mm are likely and then totals will gradually ease off towards the Ranges. Unfortunately, rainfall will be scarce West of the Ranges and though the Lockyer Valley, Brisbane Valley and Granite Belt areas.
These same onshore winds should also impact the remainder of the QLD Coast during the week. We have a weekly outlook available HERE for our members.