Time to rug up as overnight temperatures head south

CENTRAL Queensland residents can expect their first taste of wintry conditions this weekend.

The Capricornia forecast district has been experiencing warm weather for autumn lately, with overnight temperatures hovering around 20 degrees, but that looks set to change.

A surface trough extends over the interior of the state and will intensify and shift east during Friday, most likely contracting off the east Queensland coast at night.

A cold, dry air mass will then extend through much of the state in the wake of the trough, further enhanced by a cold front shifting east over southern Queensland during Saturday.

"As we go into tomorrow, we start to see temperatures cool off with this front to the west of us as it goes fairly quickly eastwards today and we have quite a dry air mass behind it," Bureau of Meteorology observer Brendan Bradford said.

Saturday's forecast predicts overnight temperatures falling to between 10 and 17 with daytime temperatures reaching 20 to 25.

For Sunday, overnight temperatures look at falling between 5 and 12 with daytime temperatures reaching between 17 and 22.

In Gladstone itself, lows of 11-17 degrees are forecast over the next few days, with tops of 21-24.

Those out of the water for the Boyne Tannum HookUp on Friday will experience north to northwesterly winds of 15 to 25km/h on Friday, becoming light in the evening.

There is a chance of isolated gusty thunderstorms, possibly severe for Capricornia.

The weekend weather is predicted to be sunny.

Wind west to south-easterly and light increasing to 20 to 30 km/h in the morning on Saturday and south to south-westerly 20 to 30 km/h becoming light during the afternoon on Sunday.

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