Dry Xmas for Douglas
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.”