Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Drought continuing for western and southern QLD

Sam 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

© Weatherzone 2013

More breaking news

Sydney Morning Herald
ABC News
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Extreme heatwave heads to outback towns in Queensland, NSW

09:31 EDT

There will be extreme heatwave conditions in south-west Queensland and north-west New South Wales over the next three days, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) says, with several outback towns expecting sweltering daytime temperatures of at least 43 degrees Celsius.

A stormy outlook for Darwin

13:23 EDT

Darwin is on track to reach their December average rainfall, which is already sitting at the halfway mark.

Unsettled spell for Perth

12:23 EDT

The England cricket team may feel more at home, as conditions turn wet and very windy for the end of the third test.