The forecast rainfall for Central Queensland at 10am on January 7, 2010.
The forecast rainfall for Central Queensland at 10am on January 7, 2010. Bureau of Meteorology

Big cloud of hope hangs over Biloela

EXTENSIVE rain clouds are covering most of Central Queensland this morning and the Bureau of Meteorology is expecting light rain to intensify over the next 24 hours.

Bureau forecaster Mike Marrinan says falls have been fairly light with the most rain overnight recorded at Baralaba where 23mm fell.

Mr Marrinan said this afternoon storms should intensify and heavier rain and there was potential that some storms would pound parts of Capricornia, the Central Highlands and the Coalfields.

Biloela, south of Rockhampton, is praying for its first decent drop in more than 18 months.

During the recent wet weeks in Central Queensland, Mr Marrinan said Biloela had missed out.

He said clouds covering Biloela this morning were the most promising for the area since the last wet season.

"Although I think the heavier falls are likely to be closer to the coast, Biloela may pick up some useful falls over the next 24 hours," Mr Marrinan said.

Across Capricornia, anyone thinking about washing their car this weekend should put their plans on hold.

Mr Marrinan said the wet weather was likely to stick around until late on Saturday or Sunday when it will clear to the north.

Rain this week has kept maximum temperatures below average and today Rockhampton is expected to reach 29 degrees.

Mr Marrinan said temperatures were expected to return to normal after clouds clear at the weekend.

See the latest weather forecast for Queensland.



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