Bureau of Meteorology observer Benj Blunt releases a weather balloon at Rockhampton Airport.
Bureau of Meteorology observer Benj Blunt releases a weather balloon at Rockhampton Airport. Chris Ison

More rain heading our way

CENTRAL Queenslanders would be well advised to keep their brollies close at hand this week.

After a couple of days of constant drizzle across the Rockhampton district, a weather forecaster yesterday said there was a lot more rain on the way.

According to the www.weatherzone.com.au site, there is a high probability that Rockhampton will get somewhere between 45mm and 90mm of rainfall by Sunday.

So far Rocky has avoided the worst of the recent rains with heavy falls recorded to the north, around Mackay.

To 5pm yesterday Rocky had recorded 8.8mm since 9am on Saturday while Yeppoon had received 52.4mm.

The rains have brought with them a noticeably cooler change with maximum temperatures in the mid to high 20s, compared to the high 30 degree marks the region experienced last week.

Not everyone has been happy with the weather conditions, however. as many boaties have been kept off the water.

The bureau spokesman said falls could be far heavier in areas where thunderstorms struck.

So far this summer Rockhampton has had a total of 162.8mm rainfall.

This time last year the region was mopping up after the Fitzroy River floods.

Those floods were brought on by huge rainfalls across the region at the end of December 2010.

 

What's coming

  • Today: 80% chance of between 5 and 10mm rainfall forecast with a maximum temperature of 26 degrees.
  • Tomorrow: 80% chance of between 10 and 20mm with a top temp of 29 degrees.
  • Thursday: 80% chance of between 5 and 10mm with a high of 31 degrees.
  • Friday: 70% chance of between 10 and 20mm with a max of 30 degrees.
  • Saturday: 90% chance of between 5 and 10mm with a max of 22 degrees.
  • Sunday: 90% chance of between 10 and 20mm with a top of 30 degrees.

Source: www.weatherzone.com



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