Heavy rains ex­pected to lash cen­tral coast

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

IT SEEMS the sunny weather we’ve been en­joy­ing won’t con­tinue into the week­end, with rain ex­pected to hit our re­gion as early as this af­ter­noon.

Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy fore­caster Chris Joseph said a few show­ers would kick off a “sig­nif­i­cant” wet weather event.

“We’re look­ing at in­creas­ing rain­fall much of Thurs­day and Fri­day through the week­end due to an up­per-level trough sys­tem,” Mr Joseph said.

“It’s likely to drag trop­i­cal mois­ture down through cen­tral coast ar­eas, es­pe­cially later in the week and through the week­end.”

Mr Joseph said at times it would be “pretty heavy rain” any­where along the coast south of In­n­is­fail right down through the cen­tral coast through Capri­cor­nia re­gion.

“We’re look­ing at 24-hour to­tals be­tween 50–100mm in places be­tween Fri­day and Sun­day,” he said.

“With that kind of rain­fall we could see lo­calised flash flood­ing and river rises most def­i­nitely, so our ad­vice to the pub­lic is to look at the lat­est fore­cast and any warn­ings is­sued.

“You could see some very strong winds over coastal wa­ters from around Thurs­day on­wards, so for the boat­ies this could be very sig­nif­i­cant.

“Maybe even gale-force winds later in the week is a pos­si­bil­ity, so it’s a pretty se­ri­ous sys­tem we are ex­pect­ing. ”

Mr Joseph said there was a chance of a sur­face low-pres­sure sys­tem de­vel­op­ing off­shore close to the cen­tral coast area.

“That could have a fo­cal point for the rain­fall if that hap­pens, but the sys­tems should clear by Mon­day, so most of the heavy weather should be off the coast by then.”

He said the ex­pected wild weather wouldn’t be en­tirely out of the or­di­nary for this time of year.

“We do see rain­fall like this dur­ing win­ter at times and we have seen this dur­ing the last month with sim­i­lar sys­tems, so it’s not un­usual,” Mr Joseph said.

WILD: Bad weather is ex­pected to hit the Whit­sun­days this week­end. Photo Tony Martin / Daily Mer­cury.

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