Wednesday Partly cloudy. Medium (40%) chance of showers in the far north, most likely this afternoon. The chance of a thunderstorm in the north. Gusty winds in the NW during this afternoon and early evening. Winds S/SE 20 to 30 km/h. Daytime maximum temperatures 25 to 32.
Thursday Partly cloudy. Medium (60%) chance of showers in the far north, most likely in the morning and afternoon. The chance of a thunderstorm in the north. Winds SE 20 to 30 km/h turning E early in the morning.
Friday Partly cloudy. Medium (40%) chance of showers, most likely in the afternoon and evening. The chance of a thunderstorm. Winds E/NE 15 to 25 km/h.
Saturday Partly cloudy. Slight (30%) chance of a shower in the afternoon and evening. The chance of a thunderstorm. Winds NW/NE 15 to 25 km/h tending W/NW 20 to 30 km/h during the day then shifting E/SE 15 to 20 km/h during the afternoon.
Goldfields Weather Forecasts
||Forecast||Min||Max||Chance of rain||Rain amount||Frost risk||9am||3pm|
||20||37||50%||< 1mm||Nil||N 15||30||W 12||15|
||22||38||30%||< 1mm||Nil||NE 18||26||WNW 15||15|
||21||36||20%||< 1mm||Nil||N 13||28||WNW 17||14|
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