Bureau of Meteorology

Western Queensland towns benefit from today's rain

UPDATE 6PM: The severe weather warning issued early has now dropped Capricornia from the list.

The latest advice from the Bureau of Meteorology is for parts of the Central West, Channel Country, Wide Bay and Burnett, Maranoa and Warrego and Southeast Coast Forecast Districts.

The BOM website shows Rockhampton received 49mm between 9am and 5.30pm today, while St Lawrence received 53mm.

Meanwhile, Isisford (120 kilometres south east of the town of Longreach) has received 88mm and Longreach has had 15.3mm.

UPDATE 2.10PM: The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Capricornia, Channel Country and the Wide Bay and Burnett forecast areas. 

The Bureau warns storms could produce damaging winds, large hailstones and abundance of smaller hail over the coming hours. 

Locations which may be affected include Bulloo Downs, Eromanga, Mount Margaret, Mt Howitt Station, Orientos and Ballera.

In Capricornia, heavy rain may lead to flash flooding. 

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises people to secure loose outdoor items, move cars under cover and away from trees and avoid driving, walking or riding through flood waters. 

For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500. 

The next update is due to be issued at 5.05pm. 

UPDATE 11am: Blackwater has received 35mm of rain since 6am and experienced wind gusts of 61kmh as the system moves south.

Rain continues fall at Emerald with 56mm in the gauge so far today.

There have been good falls recorded at Isisford (88mm) and Springsure (49mm) to 9am. 

The state forecast for the rest of Sunday: Rain areas and gusty thunderstorms with possible heavy falls expected to develop over areas east of about Ingham to Barcaldine to Bollon, shifting further east southeast through the day before eventually contracting off the southern Queensland coast late at night.

Some thunderstorms may be severe. Some showers and storms will develop in the wake of the rain band over the southern interior this afternoon, possibly producing an abundance of small hail.

A high to very high chance of showers and patchy rain will extend over the northeastern tropics.

10.30am:  Rockhampton has experienced rainfall this morning with 1.6mm falling since 9am. 

The rest of Sunday will bring a 95% chance of rain period and a possible gusty thunderstorm, with heavy falls from late this morning.

Light winds will become southwesterly 15 to 25km/h around midday before turning northwesterly 15 to 20km/h in the late afternoon.

Yeppoon has also experienced a rainy Sunday with 2mm falling on the coast with a 95% chance for more rain.

There is also a chance of thunderstorms with possible heavy falls with some storms having the ability to be severe.

There will be winds north to northeasterly 25 to 35 km/h tending northwest to southwesterly 15 to 25 km/h in the middle of the day then becoming northwesterly 15 to 20 km/h in the late evening.

Daytime maximum temperatures for Yeppoon will sit between 19 and 23.

6.30am: Clermont and Emerald have received falls of more than 20mm of rain this morning with gusts of wind exceeding 40kmh as the major weather system moves across the region. 

In Emerald 28mm has fallen overnight with 18mm of rain between 5am and 6am and wind gusts of 46kmh.

Clermont has received 28.8mm with wind gusts of 41kmh.

3am: Moderate to heavy rainfall is moving east across southern and Central Queensland as it contracts to the east coast on Sunday

 Widespread rainfall totals of 50-80 mm are expected during the event with isolated totals in excess of 100 mm possible.

In the 24 hours to 9:00 am Saturday, up to 40 mm of rainfall has been recorded in western areas of Central Queensland.

A further 40-60 mm has been recorded across parts of central and western Queensland during Saturday.

River level rises above the minor flood level are possible.

Heavy rainfall may also lead to localised flash flooding.


5pm Saturday: ACCORDING to the bureau of Meteorology the forecast for the rest of Saturday is looking wet.

Rain areas and gusty thunderstorms will be extending over western districts and into the central and southern interior with some locally heavy falls possible in thunderstorms.

Some patchy rain and possible isolated gusty storms will extend into the Gulf Country and far western Darling Downs later this evening.

A slight to medium chance of showers about the east coast and nearby inland becoming more likely about the northeast and southeast coasts in the evening.

Light winds in the west, tending fresh southerly near the trough. Moderate to fresh east to northeasterly winds elsewhere.

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