‘Wide­spread rain’ on the way: BoM

The Queensland Times - - NEWS - He­len Speli­tis he­len.speli­tis@qt.com.au

RAIN is on the way.

The past week has been chill­ier than usual with tem­per­a­tures across the south­east drop­ping below av­er­age, as cool winds push up from down south.

That’s ex­pected to warm up as we head into the week; Thurs­day is pre­dicted to hit 30 de­grees in Ip­swich.

But if you had or­gan­ised to play out­side on Sat­ur­day and Sun­day, you might need a contingency plan.

The Bu­reau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy says there is a high chance of wide­spread rain­fall this week­end.

At the mo­ment, that’s look­ing good for Sat­ur­day with a strong pos­si­bil­ity gusty storm and show­ers will sweep through Ip­swich and sur­rounds.

BoM Me­te­o­rol­o­gist David Crocks said a cool air mass sit­ting over Tas­ma­nia had brought the cool air north.

But as we head into the week, that high pres­sure sys­tem caus­ing those below av­er­age tem­per­a­tures will start to weaken and warmer winds will be­gin push­ing from the east.

“It looks quite promis­ing for a wide­spread rain event,” Mr Crocks said.

“.. thun­der­storms and show­ers look likely, par­tic­u­larly for Sat­ur­day.”

But, he said, it was too early to be sure and that rain could ar­rive a day or two later.

The BoM’s rain­fall fore­cast map shows the wet weather push­ing up from the southon Thurs­day and fur­ther into the state on Fri­day.

PHOTO: STEVEN B JAPPE

READER PIC: This in­cred­i­ble shot was taken by Steven B Jappe out at Har­risville when storms passed through the re­gion late in Oc­to­ber.

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