FORECAST: Thunderstorm may signal short reprieve from dry
STORM clouds are rolling across Warwick this week and forecasters predict a slight chance of rain extending into the following week.
A storm is predicted to hit the region either this afternoon or tomorrow, which could bring heavy rain if it passes overhead, according to Weatherzone spokesman Craig McIntosh.
"That's the hope,” he said.
"There is low precipitation but it looks like Thursday and Friday have the best chance of rain.”
Over the next ten days, eight days have at least 25 per cent chance of rainfall, though the amount is predicted to be less than a few millimetres each day.
Chances rise next Wednesday when there is a 70 per cent chance of between 1 and 5mm of rain.
If rain does fall it will be a welcome reprieve for Warwick, which has failed to record a single drop since July 8, placing the month well below average.
"It's usually around 30mm for July and we've recorded less than 1mm,” Mr McIntosh said.
Warwick has received a little under a third of its usual annual rainfall, according to Mr McIntosh.
"The average total rainfall from January to July is just over 400mm and so far you've only had about 130mm,” he said.
"But this is the driest month.”
Rainfall is predicted to increase in spring as the air becomes warmer and begins to hold more moisture.
"It should start increasing again from September,” Mr McIntosh said.
"And by November you should start seeing more of those storms with heavier rain.”