Tuesday Cloudy. Areas of fog through inland parts early this morning. Very high (near 100%) chance of showers, most likely during the morning and afternoon. The chance of thunderstorms near the south coast this evening. Gusty winds and possible hail during this evening. Winds N/NW 15 to 25 km/h shifting SW in the middle of the day. Daytime maximum temperatures between 15 and 18.
Wednesday Partly cloudy. High (70%) chance of showers in the south, medium (40%) chance elsewhere. The chance of a thunderstorm near the south coast in the early morning. Gusty winds and possible hail. Winds SW 20 to 30 km/h turning S early in the morning then decreasing to 15 to 20 km/h in the late afternoon.
Thursday Cloudy. Areas of morning frost. Medium (60%) chance of showers in the southwest, slight (20%) chance elsewhere. Light winds becoming NW 15 to 20 km/h during the day.
Friday Cloudy. High (70%) chance of showers, most likely in the morning. Winds W 15 to 20 km/h becoming light during the morning.
Southwest Weather Forecasts
||Forecast||Min||Max||Chance of rain||Rain amount||Frost risk||9am||3pm|
||-1||13||90%||1-5mm||Severe||NW 6||90||WNW 14||60|
||2||15||90%||1-5mm||Moderate||NE 1||89||WNW 9||60|
||4||15||90%||1-5mm||Slight||NNE 5||82||WNW 14||59|
||7||16||90%||1-5mm||Nil||WNW 14||81||WNW 26||72|
||8||16||90%||1-5mm||Nil||NNE 5||74||W 18||68|
||-3||14||90%||< 1mm||Severe||Calm||93||WSW 7||55|
||1||15||90%||< 1mm||Moderate||NNE 4||82||WNW 12||55|
||3||13||90%||1-5mm||Moderate||NW 8||80||WNW 17||62|
||2||14||80%||1-5mm||Moderate||NW 10||86||WNW 19||64|
||7||15||80%||5-10mm||Nil||WNW 16||72||WNW 27||63|
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