Dry region hails rain

THE FIRST of the summer rain has fallen throughout the region, quenching the thirst of Central Queensland's dry land.

The sound of thunder echoed through Rockhampton streets as the rainwater streamed along the gutters.

Rockhampton Airport record ed up to 1.8mm until 5.30pm while North Rockhampton received unofficial readings of 14mm.

Calliope police Sergeant Mick Despot said their police station was in shock at the sight of rain.

"I'm sitting in the office, wet, and I don't care,'' he said.

"It started raining at about 2.45pm and within the hour we have received 44mm.''

Sgt Despot said Calliope had not received rain like yesterday's for about a year.

"I was talking to a property owner at Nulgi, 8km southwest of Calliope, and he said he had received 46mm of rain,'' Sgt Despot said.

According to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, the rainfall was expected to continue today with a chance of a storm in Rockhampton this afternoon.

Rockhampton is expected to reach 35 degrees today.



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