Margarita Dodd with grandson Kielin Law enjoy a sunny afternoon at the Gladstone Marina.
Margarita Dodd with grandson Kielin Law enjoy a sunny afternoon at the Gladstone Marina. Tom Huntley

Fire alert stays but otherwise weather’s looking good

THERE are no real surprises for us in the Gladstone region in terms of the weekend weather, with temperatures heating up and no real rainfall on the radar.

Good news for boaties and fishers, though, with relatively light winds, albeit they are predominantly from the north with only the chance of afternoon sea breezes of up to 15 knots close inshore .

And that low pressure system that has been hovering way off the coast up north is unlikely to develop into a tropical cyclone such as Western Australia is seeing, with Tropical Cyclone Narelle likely to cause havoc over the weekend.

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Jonty Hall said there was a chance of very light showers about the coast this morning but they would all but disappear on Saturday and Sunday.

"It is quite hot and humid, with only the slight chance of a few early morning showers about the coast,'' Mr Hall said.

"But by Saturday and Sunday that will be just about gone, with slightly above-average temperatures - around 32 degrees - but it will remain quite warm and humid at night as well.

"The modelling is showing that low pressure system moving even further away and there is a low probability of it developing into a tropical cyclone."

And while the temperatures in the Gladstone region are nothing like those people in other parts of the state and Australia have been experiencing, there is still a fire alert, with heavy fuel loads and increasing temperatures prompting authorities to warn of the possibility of grass and bush fires.