Wednesday Partly cloudy. Slight (30%) chance of a shower near the south coast early this morning. Winds S 15 to 20 km/h turning SE 15 to 25 km/h in the morning. Daytime maximum temperatures between 18 and 25.
Thursday Partly cloudy. Slight (20%) chance of a shower near the south coast. Winds SE 15 to 20 km/h becoming light before dawn then becoming E/SE 20 to 30 km/h in the morning.
Friday Mostly sunny. Winds SE 20 to 30 km/h.
Saturday Cloud clearing. Winds SE 15 to 25 km/h.
Southwest Weather Forecasts
||Forecast||Min||Max||Chance of rain||Rain amount||Frost risk||9am||3pm|
||12||26||5%||< 1mm||Nil||SE 20||51||S 26||40|
||10||26||5%||< 1mm||Nil||SE 15||52||SSE 17||29|
||11||23||10%||< 1mm||Nil||SE 22||56||SSE 27||43|
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