By: Stephen McCoy
Conditions for the Bathurst 12 Hour remain mostly unchanged except for Sunday, which shows an increase in precipitation chances as the result of a cold front moving through the region. Much like in the initial forecast, a surface high pressure system is expected to sit stationary over the Pacific Ocean off the West coast of Australia. As it brings in warmer air from the North/Northwest, an upper level trough over the New South Wales territory will keep the heat trapped closer to the surface, resulting in temperatures well into the 30's C, 90's F on Friday and Saturday. Where this forecast update differs with the initial is that model guidance now suggests an upper level trough will move to the south of the continent, allowing a low pressure system to form at the surface, moving eastward Saturday into Sunday. A cold front will extend to the Northwest from the system, and is anticipated to move through the NSW region in the early to mid-afternoon on Sunday, bringing with it a chance for scattered showers with some thunderstorms possible. Maximum temperatures reflect the frontal passage, being a few degrees cooler than the rest of the weekend.