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.