A rapidly diminishing swell couldn't keep this surfer out of the water yesterday, enjoying small sliders at the Bluff, Alexandra Headland without the need for a wetsuit on a perfect sub-tropical winter's day.
A rapidly diminishing swell couldn't keep this surfer out of the water yesterday, enjoying small sliders at the Bluff, Alexandra Headland without the need for a wetsuit on a perfect sub-tropical winter's day. Warren Lynam

Wet end looms to an almost perfect winter week

RAIN looms for the weekend with falls to 20mm possible locally on Sunday as the Bureau of Meteorology eyes a possible offshore low pressure system.

Forecaster Kimba Wong said a fair bit of uncertainty still remained about the system but it was thought if the low did form it would be well offshore and likely to move away to the southeast.

However it would generate showers and patchy rain to the southeast south of Gladstone and as far west as Blackall.

Ms Wong said at this stage it looked like the Sunshine Coast could expect increasing showers and late rain on Sunday.

She said NSW would cop most of the rain, wind and shower activity. The BOM has predicted, based on the modelling, a 50 per cent chance of rain late Saturday afternoon ahead of wetter conditions later in the weekend.

An approaching trough Friday will boost temperatures as it drags in warmer air from the north, northwest.

Ms Wong said both overnight temperatures and day time peaks would continue to be warmer than average due to a stagnating ridge of high pressure that was retaining warm air over the interior.

The average June minimum for the Sunshine Coast Airport was 11.4C with the maximum at 21.4C.

Expect a maximum of 23C today with the slight chance of a shower and light winds on a mostly sunny day.

There will be a very winter warm 16C overnight into Wednesday ahead of a partly-cloudy day with the slight chance of a shower to the north of the region and with light winds. Expect a daytime maximum of 23C.

Thursday was expected to be partly cloudy again with a slight chance of showers to the north and light winds. The overnight minimum would be a cooler 14C ahead of a 24C daytime peak.

A mostly-sunny Friday with light winds would enjoy a 25C maximum after a 14C minimum to a round out a working week of almost perfect sub-tropical winter weather.

The weekend is expected to dawn partly-cloudy with showers and rain increasing into Sunday.

The temperature shouldn't drop below 15C overnight ahead of a partly-cloudy Saturday with showers late in the day and a maximum of 22C.


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