Strike me lucky, here comes the big wet again

The Morning Bulletin - - FRONT PAGE - Am­ber Hooker Am­ber.Hooker@cap­news.com.au

CRACK­ING DIS­PLAY: Daniel Hair, a pro­fes­sional storm chaser based in Mackay, has cap­tured a still im­age of a light­ning storm near Mid­dle­mount in Cen­tral Queens­land on Thurs­day. More rain is pre­dicted across patches of Cen­tral Queens­land,

EX­TREME weather con­di­tions have cre­ated the per­fect recipe for a crack­ing light show in Cen­tral Queens­land.

Pro­fes­sional storm chaser Daniel Hair cap­tured these bolts of light­ning on Thurs­day night dur­ing a thun­der­storm over Mid­dle­mount, where tem­per­a­tures hit 37 de­grees yes­ter­day.

If you missed the spec­tac­u­lar event, more thun­der­storms are pre­dicted across Cen­tral Queens­land and the Cen­tralWest across the week­end as far west as Lon­greach, through Emer­ald, Dysart, Biloela, Rock­hamp­ton and Yep­poon.

There were plenty of peo­ple feel­ing the heat across the re­gion yes­ter­day, with Rock­hamp­ton’s ap­par­ent tem­per­a­ture at a swel­ter­ing 39.9 de­grees at 2.50pm.

The ac­tual tem­per­a­ture in Rock­hamp­ton was 35.4 de­grees.

It ap­pears other Cen­tral Queens­lan­ders are in the same boat, with one woman record­ing near 50 de­grees in

the garage at her Mid­dle­mount ad­dress yes­ter­day.

A pre­dicted down­pour could come as good news for Lon­greach, Black­all and Win­ton, which all recorded plus-40 de­gree tem­per­a­tures for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive day.

The Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy fore­cast mid-30s tem­per­a­tures across Capri­cor­nia through to next Wed­nes­day.

See be­low for the fore­cast for Rock­hamp­ton, Yep­poon and Emer­ald.

The BoM fore­cast a very moist and un­sta­ble air mass across the state last night, ahead of a sur­face trough to the far south­west of Queens­land.

“This will re­sult in a fairly broad area of storms, with some heavy falls likely,” the BoM stated.

“Hot to very hot and hu­mid con­di­tions will also af­fect south­ern dis­tricts near and ahead of the trough.

“A ridge of high pres­sure will then build over south­east and cen­tral dis­tricts dur­ing Mon­day and Tues­day, caus­ing the sur­face trough to shift west.

“Tem­per­a­tures should de­crease through the south-eastern cor­ner of the state early next week though will likely re­main at or a bit above the Jan­uary av­er­age be­fore in­creas­ing again from mid-week.”

River lev­els have con­tin­ued to drop across the Fitzroy catch­ment, with no cur­rent flood warn­ings for the re­gion.

PHOTO: DANIEL HAIR

PHOTO: DANIEL HAIR

STORM CHAS­ING: Daniel Hair, a pro­fes­sional storm chaser based in Mackay cap­tured a still im­age of a light­ning storm near Mid­dle­mount in Cen­tral Queens­land.

PHOTO: THE BUREAU OF ME­TE­O­ROL­OGY

Rain­fall fore­cast from Jan­uary 13, 2017 to Jan­uary 16, 2017.

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