Dry spell could break this week

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MACKAY res­i­dents hang­ing out for a spot of rain will have to wait at least a few more days.

Me­te­o­rol­o­gist Diana Eadie, from the Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy (BOM), said the re­gion could see slight rain­fall from to­mor­row, but that’s cer­tainly not guar­an­teed.

Af­ter all, con­tra­dic­tory BOM fore­casts in­di­cate no rain at all this week.

“... look­ing ahead to Mon­day, Tues­day and Wed­nes­day, the sit­u­a­tion does start to change some­what (re­gard­ing the dry weather),” she said.

“That high pres­sure sys­tem that’s main­tain­ing sta­ble con­di­tions around the Mackay area for a lit­tle while does start to shift into the Tas­man Sea.”

Ms Eadie said cloud cover could be­gin to in­crease, co­in­cid­ing with a trough start­ing to move through south-west­ern Queens­land and creep­ing fur­ther north.

“That in com­bi­na­tion with an up­per trough which is de­vel­op­ing over the north­ern trop­ics could start to en­hance shower ac­tiv­ity some­time around Tues­day,” she said.

How­ever, it’s not known just how much rain, if any, Mackay will ac­tu­ally re­ceive at this stage, with the heav­ier falls likely to hit around Cairns.

“But we could see enough mois­ture slip­ping down south and into the Mackay area, so at this stage we’re fore­cast­ing a medium to high chance of show­ers,” Ms Eadie said.

Un­for­tu­nately, it’s more likely the Whit­sun­day is­lands will re­ceive a down­pour than Mackay and sur­rounds.

PHOTO: TOM LONG

TAKE A LOOK AT THIS: A gor­geous photo look­ing out at Cape Hills­bor­ough.

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