Widespread falls of in excess of 25mm across large parts of eastern Australia and southern Western Australia last week provided some timely relief for livestock producers who have experienced a dry run since autumn.
A slow-moving band of heavy rain delivered falls to many parts of Queensland, including totals of between 50 to 80mm in Central Queensland, where some areas recorded their highest July totals in 70 years.
Significant 24 hour totals to 9am yesterday in Queensland included 109mm at Upper Dee, 69mm Gladstone – the heaviest July rain for 24 years – and 60mm at Rockhampton which is the northern cattle capital’s heaviest July rain since records began 1939.
Parts of northern New South Wales saw 50 to 100mm, with several centres receiving double their entire monthly average over the three days to Saturday.
These included Inverell which received 115.8mm, its highest July total since records began in 1950, Armidale which recorded 90mm – its wettest July three day period for 136 years – while Moree measured 76.2mm.
The Weather Channel’s Felim Hannify said that after the recent drenching, the emergence of a high pressure ridge yesterday was expected to bring fine and dry conditions to much of the country this week, with cool nights likely as a southerly airstream persists.
“Overnight temperatures will gradually rise towards the middle of the week as moist onshore winds develop, with showers likely to become a feature of the weather for coastal regions as a result,” she said.