Mercury drops for rare relief
OVERCAST skies are providing Rockhampton residents with a rare summertime reprieve, with today's minimum temperature expected to dip to a refreshing 21degrees.
Light patchy rain continued to fall across the city yesterday, allowing the mercury to drop well below this month's average of 31.8.
Wet weather forced the maximum temperature down to 28 on Saturday, ending a run of 13 consecutive days at more than 30.
Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster Mike Marrinan said the cool conditions were expected to warm up over the next couple of days, however, they would still remain below average.
"The wet conditions are mostly due to an upper-level trough but there is also fresh to strong south-easterly winds," he said.
"The current weather pattern should continue throughout this week, bringing light to moderate falls over the next couple of days and the chance of thunderstorms late in the afternoon and evening."
On Monday night Miriam Vale had the highest rainfall, receiving 30mm.
Byfield had 10mm, with Yeppoon receiving 5.2mm and Rockhampton 1.8mm.
"Last night there wasn't too much rain around us at all, as far as Capricornia was concerned," he said.
"We had 152mm within our region in December but there are still a few months of the wet season to see more rain."