Drought continuing for western and southern QLDSam Brown, Monday October 14, 2013 - 18:45 EDT
Record temperatures, low rainfall and high fire dangers are all stopping drought conditions from easing in Queensland.
The Lower Burdekin, Central Highlands, Central West, Channel Country, North West and even the Southeast Coast have had very little rainfall so far this month, adding to the continued drought conditions and leading to high fire dangers.
So far in October in these districts, the wettest location has only gained 16 percent of its monthly average.
High temperatures are also limiting relief from the drought conditions.
Scherger recorded 39.5 degrees today, its hottest October day since at least 2006. Hervey Bay recorded its hottest October day since 2009, at 30.9 degrees. It didn't stop with daily maximums either with Amberley's overnight temperature dropping to only 20.8 degrees, its warmest October night since 2004.
Fire Danger Rating (FDR) was also lingering from very-high to severe today.
A weak low pressure trough may develop over the southwest of the state tomorrow, bringing a few isolated showers and thunderstorms about Longreach and Charleville. These conditions may last for the next few days as the trough lingers, although any rain will likely be less than 5mm and be faily isolated. Only a few farmers will gain any relief.
© Weatherzone 2013
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