Looming rain event has Queensland cheering

QUEENSLANDERS are cheering at the latest weather forecasts as they hint towards a rain event developing across the state this week, reaching the southeast coast by the weekend.

It’s music to the ears of the people of the Gold Coast who are experiencing one of their driest years on record, having only recorded 384mm of rainfall so far since January.

That is well below the average 952mm which has usually already fallen in the first eight months of the year.


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This weekend, early forecasts are indicating that around 50mm* of rainfall could fall across the city over the two-days, with Sunday tipped to be the wettest.

At this stage, isolated pockets of 100mm* are also looking possible for some areas.

*Forecasts are subject to change. It is advised that you check bom.gov.au for regular updates.

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Bureau of Meteorology’s total forecast rainfall chart for August 11 to August 18, 2014. SOURCE: BoM.gov.au

THE BUREAU OF METEOROLOGY’S STATE FORECAST (As at 8am Tuesday, August 12)

TUESDAY (BoM): Isolated showers about the southeast, mainly along the coastal fringe during the morning. Mostly fine along the central and northeast tropical coasts, with only the chance of some isolated shower activity. Fine and mostly sunny elsewhere.

WEDNESDAY (BoM): The strengthening high over the Great Australian Bight will maintain a firm ridge through much of Queensland. Isolated showers will occur about much of the east Queensland coast in the fresh to strong onshore wind flow. Moisture will also extend from the coast further into the interior of the state. A deepening upper low will move towards the southwest of the state, and produce some isolated showers further inland through the southern and central interior.

THURSDAY (BoM): The upper low will most likely be relatively stationary over South Australia whilst deepening a surface trough extending across western Queensland. Moistening low level flow on the eastern side of the trough should lead to increasing shower activity through the central inland and southwest; if the trough deepens sufficiently, this activity may spread to rain areas and isolated thunderstorms late in the day and evening. Isolated to scattered showers about much of the east Queensland coast in the fresh to strong onshore wind flow.

FRIDAY to SUNDAY (BoM): The upper low will most likely move towards southwestern Queensland, with a deepening surface trough extending across western Queensland slowly moving east also. Moistening low level flow on the eastern side of the trough should lead to increasing showers and the possibility of rain areas and thunderstorms through the central inland extending into the southeast by Sunday. Meanwhile, the strong high over the Great Australia Bight will likely move slowly east over during the outlook period, continuing a firm ridge through much of Queensland. Isolated to scattered showers about much of the east Queensland coast in the fresh to strong onshore wind flow.

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