It was nice but it?s over

FOLD up your umbrellas, pack away the raincoats and the gumboots, it seems there's no more rain in sight.

But the wet weather has not been in vain, with catchment areas around Lake Awoonga recording "quite heavy'' rainfall.

Gladstone Area Water Board acting chief executive officer Jim Grayson said while rainfall was varied, the Lake Awoonga dam had recorded 55mm at the dam wall.

He said recent downpours had raised the dam level by 90mm, enough to supply water for the Gladstone region for 10 days. Residents around Cluden reported about 120mm of rain, while those at Ubobo said they had received about 40mm.

However, Rockhampton Weather Bureau forecaster Kevin Hutchins said the recent wet weather in the harbour city was drying up.

"We're likely to see the end of the rain tomorrow (today) as it moves back out to sea,'' he said.

Mr Hutchins said while there was a chance of a shower or two today, there was little chance of the thunderstorms and heavy rain Gladstone residents have been enjoying in recent days.

He said the rain was caused by moist air moving in from a monsoonal area in the north.

"The very moist, deep north-westerly airflow converged with the atmosphere, making it unstable and resulting in thunderstorms across the region during the past few days,'' he said.

Mr Hutchins said as a south-easterly change moved across the Gladstone region in coming days, the wet weather would cease and residents could expect some hot and humid days ahead.

Temperatures were expected to be in the late 20s and early 30s for the next few days.



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