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