Wednesday Partly cloudy. Slight (20%) chance of a shower near the South Australian border. The chance of a thunderstorm in the north in the morning and early afternoon. Winds S 25 to 35 km/h. Daytime maximum temperatures 22 to 28.
Thursday Partly cloudy. Slight (20%) chance of a shower near the coast in the morning. The chance of a thunderstorm in the northeast in the evening. Winds S/SE 15 to 20 km/h tending E/SE 20 to 30 km/h in the morning.
Friday Mostly sunny. Slight (20%) chance of a shower in the northeast in the morning. The chance of a thunderstorm. Winds E/NE 15 to 25 km/h becoming light during the day then becoming E 20 to 30 km/h during the afternoon.
Saturday Mostly sunny. Slight (20%) chance of a shower. The chance of a thunderstorm. Winds E/NE 20 to 30 km/h tending NW/SW 15 to 25 km/h during the day then tending E/SE 20 to 30 km/h during the afternoon.
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