Biloela prays for a decent rain
BILOELA residents were praying for the best rainfall in years yesterday as extensive rain clouds covered most of Central Queensland.
Today the Bureau of Meteorology expects rain cells to intensify over the region with moderate to heavy falls on parts of Capricornia.
Bureau forecaster Mike Marrinan said falls yesterday were mostly light with the most rain recorded at Baralaba, southwest of Rockhampton, where 23mm fell.
Gladstone Airport recorded 17mm, Rockhampton 11.8mm and Yeppoon 22mm in the hours up to 7.30pm.
Mr Marrinan said rain was expected to intensify last night.
Biloela, south of Rockhampton, praying for its first decent drop in more than 18 months, collected only 4mm up to 7.30pm.
During the recent wet weeks in Central Queensland, Mr Marrinan said Biloela had missed out.
He said clouds covering the Central Queensland town yesterday 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 cars should delay plans.
Mr Marrinan said the wet weather was likely to stick around until late tomorrow or on 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 this weekend.
Moderate flooding continued in the Thompson River at Longreach late yesterday with major flooding expected to extend downstream to Jundah by Saturday.
Moderate to major flooding is continuing along the Barcoo River with the main flood peak now in the Glenlock area and major flooding is expected to extend into Cooper Creek at Windorah during the weekend.