LISTEN: Yeppoon swells, record rainfall and Rocky Show

WEATHER has been the talk of Central Queensland today with Longreach experiencing record-breaking rainfall overnight, and super swells on Yeppoon shores.

Bureau of Meteorology Rockahmpton Weather Sation officer-in-charge Paul Wilson said a strong wind warning was issued for today and tomorrow, and with gusts of 25 to 30 knots expected Wednesday across Capricornia, it appeared another warning was likely.

Mr Wilson said earlier today seas off Yeppoon coast were about 3.5m to 3m, increasing to 2m to 4m inshore, with swells around 1.5m to 2.5m.

Similar conditions are expected tomorrow.

Rain forecast for CQ June 17-20.
Rain forecast for CQ June 17-20.

"On Tuesday we are looking at seas of 2.5m to 3m with easterly swells around 1m, increasing to 1.5m to 2.5m offhore, and partly cloudy with a 50% chance of shower," Mr Wilson said.

"On Wednesday south easterly winds of 25 to 30 knots with seas 2.5m with an easterly swell about a 1m increasing 1.5m to 2.5m - yeah so a bit choppy out there on the water."

While areas of Longreach recorded higher than the record-breaking 58.6mm - beating the 2005 highest daily rainfall for June of 51mm - it looks like the weather event will be short-lived.

Mr Wilson said much of the rain fell within a 12-hour period, and it looked as if the rain was set to move towards the south east.

"As it does, i think it is going to fade away," Mr Wilson said.

"Further ahead today and tomorrow we might get a little bit more out of it, but I don't think we will see rainfall about 50mm."

Conditions look to clear up in the Central Highlands and Coalfields regions by tomorrow with only a 20% chance of rainfall and partly cloudy skies.

Good news for Rockhampton Show goers over the coming days, with cloudy conditions expected, but only a slight chance of a shower on Thursday.

24-hour rainfall in the Central West:

Longreach: 58.6mm
Barcaldine: 53mm
Blackall: 3mm
Muttaburra: 27mm
Isisford: 15mm
Windora: 12mm



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