Del­uge to drench city

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AF­TER months of drier than av­er­age weather, Mackay res­i­dents should pre­pare for a huge del­uge this week­end with pre­dic­tions of more than

200mm.

Rain has drenched the re­gion for the past two days, with to­tals rang­ing be­tween 60150mm, but ac­cord­ing to the Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy, there is much more to come.

Mackay & Dis­trict Weather Up­dates has pre­dicted the area from Air­lie Beach to St Lawrence will see more than

200mm of rain dumped be­fore Tues­day with some ar­eas pegged to bear the brunt of

320mm.

BOM Me­te­o­rol­o­gist Kim­ber Wong said the ini­tial heavy rains which fell on Thurs­day night were not con­nected to the Ex-Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Owen weather sys­tem de­spite the trop­i­cal low ap­proach­ing the coast.

“Most of (Thurs­day’s) weather was driven by an up­per trough that is ly­ing over eastern Queens­land,” Ms Wong said.

“This is the com­bi­na­tion of south eastern winds and a ridge which is a high pres­sure sys­tem.

“Ex-Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Owen is a low trop­i­cal sys­tem. It is not di­rectly im­pact­ing the coast cur­rently. It will af­fect the coast more from Fri­day.”

Dur­ing Thurs­day’s down­pour, Paget was hit with about

150mm in less that 24 hours with Mackay Air­port record­ing 74mm.

Ac­cord­ing to daily rain­fall to­tals recorded by the BOM, this was the most amount of rain to fall in the area in one day since May 2017 when

82mm fell.

Ms Wong said it would be­come ob­vi­ous when the ex Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Owen weather sys­tem be­gan to im­pact the coast.

She said wind would pick up “no­tice­ably” as would the rain as the rem­nants of Owen drew closer to the coast.

“Over the next few days, ex­actly where the heav­i­est falls will be are still un­cer­tain and where the sys­tem will track is un­cer­tain,” she said.

“Mackay and the cen­tral coast will be very wet Sun­day and Mon­day any­way.”

As the Ex-Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Owen weather sys­tem ap­proaches, Ms Wong said there was a high chance a se­vere weather warn­ing would be is­sued for Satur­day and Sun­day.

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