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Mackay records wetter October

Friday November 2, 2012 - 13:03 EDT

The Bureau of Meteorology says despite predicted El Nino conditions, Mackay recorded a higher rainfall over the past month than at the same time last year.

While it was was still below the October average, Mackay had almost double the rain compared to the same period last year.

Collinsville also had its lowest rainfall in six years, with only 1.2 millimetres measured.

Climate services manager Jeff Sabburg says it is a return to normal weather patterns.

"Generally speaking it's resulted in dry weather, cool nights but daytime temps have been average for Mackay, rainfall it's come in at around 17.1[mm] which is only about half the expected rainfall, so that's interesting," he said.

He says the cold weather was a record for Collinsville.

"Collinsville came in with the lowest temp in October, this is for one day on the 13th it came in at 7.3 degrees, that beat the previous coolest day of 8.3 on the 8th of October in 1966 - that's just broken a 54-year record there," he said.


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