UPDATE 12.30pm: DESPITE an ominous looking potential cyclone forming off Far North Queensland this weekend the Northern Rivers is simply expected to get a little rain, rather than a lot.
But don't expect to see much sunshine over coming days, as the dreary wet and humid weather is expected to dig in for some time yet.
At this stage much of the region is looking at showers this afternoon, with in fact a 90% chance of rain across Byron Bay, Ballina, Lismore, Casino and Kyogle.
Along the coast a southerly wind will kick up this afternoon and is expected to hit about 15-25kmh.
The weekend will see an average 60% chance of rain both Saturday and Sunday, but the total rainfall will be relatively light with expected maximum totals of 5mm per day.
Temperature-wise we should see maximums in the mid to high 20s on both days, with an expected top of 30 in Lismore on Sunday.
Next week the clouds and showers are expected to continue throughout the week at this stage - although no major rainfall is expected. Monday is expected to be the wettest day with a maximum total of 8mm.
SATURDAY: Partly cloudy. Patchy fog inland in the early morning. Medium (50%) chance of showers, most likely in the morning and afternoon. Light winds. Overnight temperatures falling to around 19 with daytime temperatures reaching the mid to high 20s.
SUNDAY: Partly cloudy. The chance of fog in the morning, mainly inland. High (70%) chance of showers in the afternoon and evening. Light winds. Overnight temperatures falling to around 18 with daytime temperatures reaching around 30.
FRIDAY 7.40am: THE Northern Rivers is in for a weekend of rain, but should escape any severe weather warnings.
While yesterday afternoon a severe weather warning was issued, the Bureau of Meteorology forecast indicates that won't happen again today.
The BoM said the current weather situation was due to a trough of low pressure over western New South Wales while a high pressure system south of Tasmania slowly moved east.
The trough is expected to linger over the inland through to Saturday, as the high extends a ridge along the New South Wales coast over the weekend.
Friday is set to be a cloudy day with a 90% chance of showers, most likely during the morning and afternoon.
Light winds becoming southerly 15 to 25 km/h in the middle of the day then becoming light in the evening.
Daytime maximum temperatures in the mid to high 20s.
Saturday is expected to be partly cloudy with patchy fog inland in the early morning and a 50% chance of showers, most likely in the morning and afternoon.
Light winds, with overnight temperatures falling to around 19 with daytime temperatures reaching the mid to high 20s.
Sunday is forecast to be partly cloudy with the chance of fog in the morning, mainly inland and a 70% chance of showers in the afternoon and evening.
Light winds, with overnight temperatures falling to around 18 with daytime temperatures reaching around 30.
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