After last year's rainfall record, drier January is a relief

GLADSTONE is experiencing a drier than average January so far, with 48.2mm of rain recorded.

It's a far cry from the 776mm of rain recorded in 2013 which prompted the Australia Day weekend floods.

The long term average for Gladstone is 149.8mm, and the wettest day so far this month was 22mm on January 8.

It's also been hotter than average, with the 37.7 degrees reached on January 4 nudging past the previous highest maximum on record, which was 37.4 degrees recorded on January 12, 2002.

Minimum temperatures have been in line with the average.

Gladstone's maximum temperature will remain in the low 30s for the next few days, with a top of 33 expected on Wednesday followed by 31 on Thursday.

Isolated showers and thunderstorms are forecast for the south-west later on Wednesday afternoon, and thunderstorms are forecast over the weekend.

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