Showers to break Rockys dry spell

SHOWERS emerging from today across the Rockhampton region signal the likely end to the long dry period, a weather expert said yesterday.

The Weather Channel’s senior meteorologist Dick Whitaker said showers would become increasingly frequent in coming weeks as the weather pattern changed from the current extended dry spell.

Up to 50mm of rain is predicted by the end of Monday.

Meanwhile, the Bureau of Meteorology yesterday released its seasonal outlook for spring, which forecasts a slighter wetter than the normal three months. The average rainfall for this period is between 100mm and 200mm.

A bureau spokesman said the current weather pattern remained neutral, with a remote chance of an El Nino forming. He said if a La Nina formed it would likely be much weaker than the one which brought so much heartbreak to Central Queensland this year.

Mr Whitaker said while the wet season really didn’t start until October, the region was likely to see increasing shower activity.

“It’s been very dry, but the shower activity is starting to pick up,” Mr Whitaker said.

“Last year we were governed by a very strong La Nina, which is usually associated with more rain as was the case last year.

“It’s still possible we will see plenty of rain, but I don’t think we’ll have the one long continuous flood.”



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