Heavy falls pos­si­ble for ar­eas across CQ

Rain-bear­ing trough is mak­ing way across state

The Morning Bulletin - - NEWS - Am­ber Hooker am­ber.hooker@cap­news.com.au

FARM­ERS can ex­pect some wel­come falls as a mas­sive, 2000km trough drench­ing the state moves to­wards Western and Cen­tral Queens­land.

The sys­tem spans Queens­land, the North­ern Ter­ri­tory, north­ern New South Wales and verges into Western Aus­tralia and lashed storms over the Mount Isa and Lon­greach ar­eas yes­ter­day af­ter­noon as it moved east­ward.

Iso­lated heavy falls are ex­pected through the Cen­tral High­lands and Coal­fields ar­eas today, reach­ing to just south of Emer­ald with rain to con­tinue mov­ing slowly east through to Thurs­day.

The Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy’s Adam Blazak said patches of Cen­tral Queens­land and the Cen­tral West could ex­pect more than 100mm if they get un­der a thun­der­storm, but could oth­er­wise ex­pect about 15-20mm.

The me­te­o­rol­o­gist ex­plained the up­per-level trough meant plenty of cold air in the up­per at­mos­phere, com­bined with mois­ture dragged down into Cen­tral Aus­tralia from Dar­win, ac­counted for the im­pres­sive falls.

“Shower ac­tiv­ity is a lit­tle bit hit and miss, it’s still a pos­si­bil­ity of pick­ing up the oc­ca­sional heavy falls for Cen­tral Queens­land or western in­land Tues­day, Wed­nes­day and again Thurs­day,” he said yes­ter­day.

As the trough moves fur­ther east through Fri­day and Satur­day, it is ex­pected to hit a “block­ing high” sit­ting in the Tas­man, which would stop the sys­tem from hit­ting the coast.

“Over the hill around Ta­room and in the south­ern Cen­tral High­lands and Coal­fields, maybe just south of Emer­ald, but I think the closer you get to the coast the less you are go­ing to see of this,” Mr Blazak said of the im­pacted ar­eas.

“It might help some farm­ers.”

Rock­hamp­ton and the Capricorn Coast can ex­pect “fairly mild con­di­tions” for the rest of the work­ing week, with a rain band mov­ing to­wards the east coast around the week­end.

Tem­per­a­tures are ex­pected to top around 30 de­grees, with east/south­east winds.

“At this stage it looks like it might stall around the Dar­ling Downs area, so to­wards Toowoomba but there will be a lit­tle bit reach­ing the coast,” Mr Blazak said of the trough.

“At this stage to­tals don’t look to be su­per im­pres­sive, you might be able to pick up 5-10mm over the week­end if you’re lucky... still a long way out yet.

“It looks like most of the rain will fall a lit­tle bit fur­ther in­land, but we will get the left­overs mov­ing to­wards the coast.”

Lo­cal weather­man Mike Griffin said for the past few days Rock­hamp­ton had ex­pe­ri­enced cooler than av­er­age Oc­to­ber con­di­tions as a re­sult of the high in the Tas­man.

“Wind gusts of 27 knots (50km/h) have driven waves up to 2-3 me­tres with a peak of 4 me­tres dur­ing the week­end,” he said Mon­day.

Mr Blazak cor­rob­o­rated the out­look of in­creased coastal swells and con­di­tions.

“I’d be pay­ing at­ten­tion to the coastal fore­cast if I was think­ing of head­ing to the wa­ter this week­end,” he said.

RAIN PRE­DICTED: Rain fore­cast for the next week shows wide­spread falls are pos­si­ble with storm ac­tiv­ity across CQ. Be­low: Fore­casts for Fri­day show po­ten­tial for storms in the CQ area.

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