Caitlin Smith enjoys the sunshine after recent rain in the Gladstone region.
Caitlin Smith enjoys the sunshine after recent rain in the Gladstone region. Brenda Strong

Spring rains bring an end to near-record dry spell

RECENT rain may just have saved our summer, almost filling the tanks and damping down a few fires and a tinder dry Gladstone region and central Queensland.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology it was close to a record dry for the past three months - with the rain this week just getting into the August-September-October three-month totals.

Parts of south-east Queensland had their driest three months on record for the time of year.

A blustery south-east change is due overnight in the Gladstone region, with the possibility of a few storms preceding it this afternoon.

The change will cool things down and there is a chance of a few showers, though more likely inland as opposed to coastal showers.

BOM senior forecaster Jonty Hall said the region could expect 15-20 knot south-easterlies tomorrow easing to around 10-15 knots on Sunday, so it looks like there will be something for everybody across the Gladstone region at the weekend.

"Saturday will be a cooler day with just a chance of a few showers, though most of the action will be further inland - a possibility of the odd thunderstorm," he said.

"The winds will ease on Sunday, down to, we could say, around 10-15 knots.

"Friday will be relatively hot, with the chance of a storm before that change moves through quite late - probably around midnight."

Mr Hall said while the late rain saved many parts of central Queensland from a completely dry three-months, some places in the south-east were not so lucky.

The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service has warned against complacency after the rain, with temperatures heating up before what could be a bad summer bushfire season.



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