Horn Island has seen more rain in the last 24 hours than any month of October has seen in the last 18 years.
The Queensland Peninsula received its first heavy bout of rainfall in the build up to the wet season. Horn Island gained a whopping 103mm during the 24 hours to 9am on Thursday, which is 37mm higher than any October monthly total since at least 1994.
Further south and Lockhart River gained 49mm, its heaviest day of October rain in 12 years. This is almost double the entire monthly average. On the western side of the Peninsula, Weipa Airport accumulated its heaviest fall since March with 20mm by 9am.
This burst of heavy rain is due to a region of low pressure that deepened over the Peninsula yesterday. This will become a more regular event as the wet season develops.
These rainfall statistics are staggering for this time of year, but from next month, when the wet season officially begins, totals in the 10-50mm range will become more commonplace.
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