Tuesday Mostly clear. Winds NW 25 to 40 km/h.
Wednesday Partly cloudy. Very high (90%) chance of rain, most likely in the late afternoon and evening. Winds N/NW 25 to 40 km/h increasing to 50 km/h before tending W/NW 25 to 35 km/h in the late morning and afternoon. High.
Thursday Partly cloudy. Slight (30%) chance of a shower in the morning and afternoon. Winds W/NW 15 to 20 km/h tending W/SW in the morning then becoming light in the late afternoon.
Friday Mostly sunny. The chance of morning fog in the north. Light winds becoming N/NW 15 to 20 km/h during the afternoon then becoming light during the evening.
Saturday Partly cloudy. Medium (40%) chance of showers, most likely in the morning. Winds N/NW 15 to 20 km/h turning W 20 to 30 km/h during the morning.
Midlands Weather Forecasts
||Forecast||Min||Max||Chance of rain||Rain amount||Frost risk||9am||3pm|
||3||17||40%||< 1mm||Slight||NNW 9||79||N 12||52|
Tropical Cyclone Debbie has been downgraded to a category three system, having made landfall along the north Queensland coastline near Airlie Beach earlier this afternoon as a slow-moving category four system.
Panicked residents in areas affected by Cyclone Debbie have relayed their experiences to the ABC as torrential rain and wind gusts pummel the region.
When Cyclone Yasi devastated parts of North Queensland in 2011, the rains it brought with it took out about 20 million tonnes of coking coal production.