On Boxing Day last year, Yeppoon Main Beach was a hive of activity with families playing cricket and enjoying the warm weather. On Saturday, wet weather kept people indoors most of the day.
On Boxing Day last year, Yeppoon Main Beach was a hive of activity with families playing cricket and enjoying the warm weather. On Saturday, wet weather kept people indoors most of the day. ALLAN REINIKKA AR

Get used to the rainy weather

YOU might be welcoming in the New Year under rain clouds as the wet weather is predicted to hang around for at least the start of this week.

The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting more rain and the chance of some thunderstorms for Rockhampton and the Central Highlands.

While Christmas Day was fairly dry, wet weather on Boxing Day and yesterday kept temperatures cool.

But the parched town of Biloela, 150km south of Rockhampton, missed out on any major rain.

Biloela has started pumping recycled water onto parks and gardens as moves to drought-proof the town gain momentum.

But the storm clouds drifting across Central Queensland at the weekend dropped only about 0.4mm on the town.

Some of the biggest falls were in Rockhampton where 17mm fell over Saturday and Sunday.

More of the same weather is expected today, with showers and possible thunder.

The bureau is forecasting humid conditions with moderate winds, while in the Central Highlands more scattered showers and thunderstorms could remain at least until tomorrow.

With storm clouds persisting over the major part of Capricornia, some isolated thunderstorms are expected to dump heavy rain this week.

Baralaba, 140km south of Rockhampton, was hit by a storm that dropped 16mm on Saturday.

So far this month Rockhampton has received 41.2mm in rainfall.

The wettest December on record was in 1990 when 533.4mm fell on the city.

The driest on record was in 1972 when only 3.6mm was recorded.

Where it fell

Rockhampton

17

Yeppoon

8

Stanwell

22

Emerald

3.8

Rolleston

0.8

Clermont

14

St Lawrence

10

Baralaba

16

Source: Bureau of Meteorology 9am Saturday to 3pm yesterday



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