Scattered and isolated thunderstorms expected for the Mackay region.
Scattered and isolated thunderstorms expected for the Mackay region.

Showers, storms forecast for Mackay

RAIN and isolated thunderstorms forecast for today are bringing a reprieve from warmer than average temperatures across the Mackay district.

“We’re not expecting a great deal of rainfall out of them, but people could see up to a few millimetres,” Meteorologist Jess Gardner said, adding that suburbs directly under any heavier thunderstorms could receive up to 15mm.

The Bureau of Meteorology forecaster said this chance of showers and storm activity stemmed from a surface trough that was behind yesterday’s severe weather, which resulted in up to 56mm of rain, damaging wind gusts and large hail south of Rockhampton.

“We’re not expecting storms to be severe today,” Ms Gardner said.

The overcast weather has brought cooler temperatures for the region with Mackay expecting a top of 29 degrees today and then up to 28 degrees for the rest of the week.

Ms Gardner said it would be a nice reprieve for the region — yesterday Mackay had a top of 33 degrees, which was nearly five times higher than the 27.7 average for October.

“Before that we had a run of 31 degrees for a few days in Mackay,” she said.

“The record for Mackay is 35.4 for October.”

Central Queensland also succumbed to higher than average temperatures with Emerald, Clermont and Moranbah all reaching 38 degrees — the records for October are 42.4, 41.9 and 40.5 degrees respectively.

“For the coming months the climate outlook … suggests (the weather) will be hotter and drier than average,” Ms Gardner said.



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