Tuesday Cloudy. Areas of morning fog. Medium (40%) chance of showers in the east this morning, slight (20%) chance of showers elsewhere. Light winds. Daytime maximum temperatures between 10 and 13.
Wednesday Partly cloudy. Slight (20%) chance of a shower. Winds N 15 to 25 km/h.
Thursday Cloudy. Medium (40%) chance of showers about the ranges, slight (20%) chance elsewhere. Winds N 15 to 20 km/h.
Friday Cloudy. Medium (60%) chance of showers, most likely in the morning. Snow possible above 1200 metres. Winds N 15 to 25 km/h turning NW 25 to 35 km/h during the morning then tending N/NW 15 to 25 km/h during the evening.
Central Weather Forecasts
||Forecast||Min||Max||Chance of rain||Rain amount||Frost risk||9am||3pm|
||7||14||10%||< 1mm||Nil||N 11||84||NNE 12||62|
||4||15||10%||< 1mm||Slight||N 9||100||NNE 18||58|
||3||10||30%||< 1mm||Moderate||N 14||96||N 20||74|
||6||14||5%||< 1mm||Nil||N 2||91||N 5||59|
||5||15||10%||< 1mm||Slight||N 5||97||NNE 10||57|
||7||14||5%||< 1mm||Nil||N 6||93||N 6||66|
||7||14||5%||< 1mm||Nil||NNE 7||94||N 5||65|
||4||13||10%||< 1mm||Slight||N 8||95||N 10||60|
||6||14||5%||< 1mm||Nil||NNE 6||94||NNW 2||66|
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