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Gladstone set for up to 100mm of rain

Nikki Aitkenhead is among the many looking forward to rain but finding the forecast a little difficult to register with constant blue skies over Gladstone.
Nikki Aitkenhead is among the many looking forward to rain but finding the forecast a little difficult to register with constant blue skies over Gladstone. Ebony Battersby

DON'T let current blue skies deceive you, Gladstone is in for a 50-100 mm downpour on the weekend.

Benjamin Blunt from the Bureau of Meterology says add some winds into the mixture and Gladstone is set for a little taste of winter.

"Be prepared," he implored. "It will extend southwest then shift slowly east southeast over the state from Friday.

"Associated with it will be a cloud band with rain, isolated thunderstorms and heavy falls.

"Rainfall totals for Gladstone could possibly be 50-100mm."

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It looks like movies and board games are on the cards for weekend activities, with rainy weather not predicted to subside before Sunday afternoon or evening.

The downpour will blanket almost the entirety of Queensland, delivering a much welcomed contrast to its current drought stricken state.

With 0mm recorded for Gladstone rainfall over the past month, and 11.8mm for the month of June, the news will be graciously welcomed by farmers.

"We are getting ready to bunker down," said local producer Mike Rachord.

"I'm hoping they give us all they have plus a little extra, especially to the ones out west."

Gladstone retail worker Nikki Aitkenhead is looking forward to pulling out the gumboots.

"I like the rain, it'll be a nice change," she said.

"It doesn't look anything like rain to me yet."

But BOM representative Mr Blunt says the system is accompanied by strong winds covering the state, meaning the weather will quickly shift in the remainder of the week.

"There will be strong winds in the range of 20-25 knots for the next few days," he said.

"At the moment the Strong Wind Warning is for areas offshore, north of Cape Capricorn, but keep an eye on the latest forecasts for any changes."

Keep up to date with weather warnings at bom.gov.au.

Topics:  bureau of meteorology, gladstone weather, weather



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