Dry Xmas for Dou­glas

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

THE Dou­glas re­gion can look for­ward to a dry Christ­mas to en­joy fes­tive fam­ily lunches on Sun­day.

Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy duty fore­caster Bill O’con­nor said the next four to five days should be fine with rain be­gin­ning to fall on Sun­day night or Mon­day.

“But we are in the tran­si­tional phase of the wet sea­son and that is why we had a lot of rain­fall a cou­ple of nights ago,” Mr O’con­nor said.

South Moss­man had 182mm and Port Dou­glas had 150mm on Mon­day night.

“There is a mon­soon trough de­vel­op­ing over the north of Aus­tralia which could bring some heavy rain­fall to the Cairns and sur­round­ing re­gions,” Mr O’con­nor said.

“And there is a Cat­e­gory 1 cy­clone de­vel­op­ing off the coast way out over the ocean and should reach its full strength some­time tonight but as it is way out over the ocean there will be no need for con­cern for those peo­ple on the land.”

He said as well as the mon­soon trough de­vel­op­ing through the Top End there was also a sub-trop­i­cal ridge mov­ing through the south­ern part of the state.

“We may get a lot of rain from this or we might just get a quick shower,” Mr O’con­nor said.

“But as I have said, I think we can ex­pect the next four to five days of fine weather but as we are in the tran­si­tional phase of mov­ing into the wet sea­son Mother Na­ture will al­ways do what she pleases.”

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