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Rain comes tumbling down in Rockhampton

GOOD FALLS: Cameron Hines has a front row seat to watch rain roll towards Rockhampton from his Meteorological office at Rockhampton Airport.
GOOD FALLS: Cameron Hines has a front row seat to watch rain roll towards Rockhampton from his Meteorological office at Rockhampton Airport. Chris Ison Rokcrain

CAMERON Hines hasn't seen anything like it for months.

But the dark clouds that rolled across Central Queensland skies were a welcome sight for weather forecasters and the region's farmers.

Rockhampton meteorological observer Brendan Bradford said the city hadn't seen significant rainfall since mid-April.

But Rockhampton is expected to get 25 to 50 millimetres today, with showers clearing tomorrow morning.

Falls are expected to be heavier on the Capricorn Coast, with thundery showers expected to drop 50 to 70 millimetres. The rain has also brought cooler temperatures to the region with a daytime top of 19 degrees today expected to continue into early next week. Brendan said an upper level low pressure system and surface trough had produced a "good stretch of moisture through the atmosphere".

Traditionally, Brendan said August and September were Capricornia's driest months, with long-held records of no rainfall during that period.

The last time the region saw weather like this in August was 2007.

"It's welcome rain at this time of the year," Brendan said. While it's welcome, the wet weather also comes with a reminder from Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) to stay away from floodwater.

QFES Commissioner Lee Johnson said people should avoid flooded creeks or causeways.

"Floodwaters are deadly and the dangers are lurking beneath the surface," he said.

Capricornia forecast

Saturday

Cloudy. Rain, easing to the chance of showers at night. The chance of thunderstorms. Possible heavy falls. Winds northeasterly 15 to 25 km/h becoming light in the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to between 13 and 17 with daytime temperatures reaching between 16 and 19.

Sunday

Early rain and a possible thunderstorm in the east, clearing early in the morning. Mostly sunny day. Light winds becoming southwesterly 15 to 20 km/h in the morning then tending westerly in the late afternoon. Overnight temperatures falling to between 7 and 14 with daytime temperatures reaching the low to mid 20s.

Where it fell

Friday rainfall totals at 7pm:

Rockhampton: 13mm

Yeppoon: 3.8mm

Gladstone: 5.8mm

Emerald: 10.4mm

Longreach: 10.4mm

Mackay: 13.8mm

Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Topics:  rain, rainfall



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