New hope as tank sup­plies hit cri­sis point

Sunshine Coast Daily - - FRONT PAGE - Damian Bathersby damian.bathersby@sc­news.com.au

THE good news is it’s go­ing to rain – you can just about bet your house on it.

The bad news is it prob­a­bly won’t be un­til later this week and no one can guar­an­tee where it will fall or how much we’ll get.

As the pro­longed spell of dry weather con­tin­ued and coun­cil made emer­gency sup­plies avail­able for peo­ple liv­ing on tank water, Weather­zone me­te­o­rol­o­gist Graeme Brit­tain had some promis­ing news.

“There’s a pretty good chance of rain in south-east Queens­land at last,” he said, clearly happy to have some good news for a change.

“It looks like you’ll get rain later in the week, maybe Wed­nes­day, Thurs­day and Fri­day.”

It seems a low pres­sure trough is fi­nally due to move into the re­gion and have an im­pact on the high pres­sure sys­tem which has kept the rain away for so many weeks.

That will mean an ex­cel­lent chance of show­ers and thun­der­storms.

The big ques­tion then is “how much rain?”

“That de­pends on how things change be­tween now and then,” Mr Brit­tain said.

“I can say that it is more likely than not that you will get rain but if it’s pass­ing show­ers, you might only get 5-10mm.

“If it’s some de­cent storms, any­thing is pos­si­ble. It could be 10-20mm in lo­calised falls.”

Weather­zone’s web­site has a 40% chance of rain in the area on Wed­nes­day and a 50% chance on both Thurs­day and Fri­day.

It will make a welcome change af­ter a month which has seen just 1.6mm of rain fall in 18 days – all of it on Septem­ber 5.

The long-term av­er­age for Septem­ber is 63.5mm, with the heav­i­est falls of 249.8mm recorded in 2007.

The dri­est Septem­ber on record was in 2000 when just 0.8mm was recorded.

Mr Brit­tain said the longer-term out­look was also look­ing more promis­ing, with a good chance of “closer to av­er­age” falls for the re­gion in Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber.

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