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Santa brings the rain we've all been waiting for

FURTHER WEST: Mud, glorious mud. One-year-old Maggie McAuley experienced rain on her family’s property near Winton for the first time this week, with 73mm turning dusty paddocks into mud baths.
FURTHER WEST: Mud, glorious mud. One-year-old Maggie McAuley experienced rain on her family’s property near Winton for the first time this week, with 73mm turning dusty paddocks into mud baths. Contributed

IN A COUPLE OF night's downpour Gladstone region has managed to claw its way out of one of the driest Decembers on record.

It would appear our very own rain dancing Santa pulled off all the right moves on Christmas Day to come through with the goods.

On Sunday night there was some decent rainfall recorded across the region -- 13mm of rain fell at Gladstone with 40mm, 39mm and 80mm falling at Awoonga Dam, Benaraby and Nagoorin respectively.

This was followed up with some more rain and cooler conditions last night. But prior to 8pm Sunday night Gladstone had only received 7.2mm of rain for the month which would have made it the third driest December on record.

Gladstone has now recorded 20.2mm for the month and a little more rain is expected before the new year.

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast some slight showers throughout the region this week.

The chance of showers will ease from tomorrow in time for New Year's Eve, and remain so until Sunday, when we may again see a late shower.

Temperatures will remain in the low 30s in the city until the end of the week, while other areas will reach the mid 30s by Friday.

If there is one saving grace, it's that January is on average the wettest month of the year for the region.

The rain gauge level for the year is still a sight for sore eyes though and no doubt our farmers would be forgiven for not yet letting out a sigh of relief.

Over the 58 years of rainfall data collection in Gladstone the average rainfall for December is 130.3mm with an average annual rainfall of 895mm. Gladstone's annual rainfall is currently below the average at 669.4mm.

You reported SUNDAY rain at:

Peter Williams: 32.6mm Monto. Still drizzling here... I'm sure the farmers will love it... A friend posted they got 60mm about 10 klms from us....

Nicolle Heikkinen: 4ml Boyne island. Wasn't heavy rain. Just nice steady sprinkles

Kevin James Kershaw: 20mm in Mt Larcom

David Williams: 1ml Calliope

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The improvement would be mild when compared to past cycles