Promise but very little rain

AS promising as the sky looked yesterday, it resulted in too little rain to do much good.

"All we can say is that it at least keeps our hopes alive,'' said Boyne Island's Lloyd Curtis when he studied his rain gauge.

It was the same throughout Gladstone with mere millimetres between various different sites in the city.

A spokesman for the weather bureau in Rockhampton said there were scattered showers and local thunderstorms along parts of the coast yesterday.

However, as an upper level low develops over the interior today, a surface trough will develop off the east coast which is expected to increase the south-easterly winds, bringing showers along the coast.

The outlook for tomorrrow is more isolated showers and thunderstorms with moderate to fresh south-east winds.

Yesterday's maximum temperature in Gladstone was 32 degrees. Today's temperature is expected to be a little cooler with a maximum of 30 degrees and a minimum of 23 degrees.

A low is expected to develop in the Coral Sea tomorrow. Residents with unofficial rain gauges in the Lake Awoonga catchment along the Boyne Valley reported a dearth of of rain yesterday and were still hopeful that February may yet deliver useful rains.



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