Residents keen for rain to keep on coming

THE first taste of the wet season was delivered at the weekend - and the community consensus is in. We want more.

Bureau of Meteorology weather observer Brendan Bradford said the sporadic showers were set to continue for the rest of the week.

"Gladstone is set to experience a continuation of showers and isolated thunderstorms during the rest of the week before breaking at the weekend," he said.

"The weather across central Queensland is looking a bit hit and miss at the moment."

Mr Bradford said humidity levels would reach between 60-90% for the first few days of the week, before dropping to 40-70% by Thursday.

"We will also see fairly high temperatures to match for the rest of the week," he said.

"Maximum temperatures will sit around the low 30s during the day and reducing to around 24-25 overnight."

Despite recording rainfall of 22mm at Awoonga Dam over the weekend, little difference was made to the town's water supply.

Gladstone Area Water Board chairman Jim Grayson said the dam typically only experienced a marked difference to water levels by the end of the wet season.

"It's (the weekend rain) has made no difference to us," he said.

"It was the first rain of the season so the land has essentially sucked all of it up."

Mr Grayson said the dam was holding approximately six years' worth of water behind its walls, meaning Gladstone was prepared for the drier-than-usual conditions.

"This year it is predicted to be a lower-than-average rainfall, although we're always prepared for anything," he said.

"We have more than six years' water supply sitting behind the dam wall at the moment; at the beginning of the year we were sitting close to capacity."

RAIN GAUGE:

  • Boyne Island 81mm
  • Benaraby 65mm
  • Gladstone 47mm
  • Seventeen Seventy 31mm
  • Baffle Creek 96mm
  • Captain Creek 64mm
  • Awoonga Dam 18mm
  • Mount Larcom 7.2mm


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