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Gulf waits for late monsoon

Friday January 11, 2013 - 10:46 EDT

The weather bureau says it could be another month until any substantial rain hits Queensland's north west and Gulf regions.

Senior forecaster Brian Rolstone says the monsoonal trough is still a long way north, sitting around Papua New Guinea

He says temperatures are going to remain hot in the short term with most of north and central west Queensland expecting temperatures above 40 this weekend.

"Now and then you'll get a day or two of thunderstorms usually forming a band from the north west down to the south east but it hasn't been a great deal of that sort of activity," he said.

"So for a proper wet season we've really got to wait probably another month and eventually we'll get the monsoon trough down into the southern Gulf.

"Usually with that there's a monsoonal low then there'll be some rain."


- ABC

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