There's been slim pickings for surfers on central Sunshine Coast beaches with all the action further north as a southerly swell pulse faded.
There's been slim pickings for surfers on central Sunshine Coast beaches with all the action further north as a southerly swell pulse faded. John McCutcheon

Change to come with a chance of showers

ANOTHER cold start involved temperatures dropping to as low as 5C on the Sunshine Coast with the trend likely to continue through to the weekend.

The airport at 5C again had the lowest temperature in the region although to our north Gympie posted a morning low of just 1C.

Nambour was 6.8C at 6am, Tewantin was 7.1C at the same time and Beerburrum was 8.6C at 7am.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Jonty Hall said a shift in the stable weather of the past week would occur at the back end of the weekend into Monday as a large high pressure system, that had been anchored over South Australia and the Great Australian Bight, shifted into the northern Tasman.

The system had been responsible for the south westerly winds that had blown for the past week pushing cold air from the south into Queensland.

Mr Hall said the shift of the system into the Tasman would result in winds swinging first to the east, south-east on Saturday and then east, north-east on Sunday.

He said coupled with an emerging weak upper level disturbance there would be a chance of rain late Sunday but more likely into Monday next week although large totals were not expected.

A fresh southerly swell pulse on Friday would replace the existing waning pulse, but would be short-lived and likely gone by Saturday.

Mr Hall said the swell set would be very southerly, meaning only northern Sunshine Coast beaches including up to Double Island Point would be affected.

He said the balance of Wednesday would be sunny with light winds and a 21C daytime maximum. He said it would again be cool into Thursday with the forecast minimum of 9C likely to be lower ahead of a sunny day with south westerlies at 15-25kmh swinging south, south-east at 15-20kmh around midday before fading.

Friday will again be cool overnight heading to a 22C daytime maximum on a sunny day with light winds.

He said as the high pressure system moved out of the Bight into the Tasman into Saturday, winds would swing south, south-east at 15-20kmh during the morning then switch to east, south-east through the middle of a partly-cloudy day with an expected 22C maximum.

He said temperatures would be warm overnight into Sunday, ranging from 12C ahead of a 23C maximum on another partly-cloudy day with a slight chance of showers late in the day. Winds would be light before turning east, north-east.


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