City soaked by storm
AN intense thunderstorm dumped more than 30mm of rain in around an hour across Townsville yesterday. A trough system over southern Queensland caused thunderstorms across the north and is expected to bring moderate to heavy falls and humid weather over the next couple of days. Townsville weather station senior forecaster Doug Fraser said Kirwan recorded the heaviest falls, receiving 33mm while Deeragun received 23mm and Pallarenda 20mm. ‘‘ From Rockhampton in the south up to Cairns in the north, this region was experiencing thunderstorm activity in the early afternoon,’’ he said. ‘‘ More rainfall is expected Monday ( today) and into Tuesday morning but then mostly fine conditions for a few days from Wednesday.’’ Mr Fraser said some drier air may blow into the region on Wednesday and provide more pleasant conditions. He said the storms were moving through quickly which reduced the chance of flash flooding. The forecaster said there was a very low probability of a tropical low or cyclone developing over the next week.