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Rain gives relief to dry southern Queensland but not drought breaking, BOM says

By Tim Shepherd, Andree Withey and staff, Friday October 5, 2018 - 06:50 EST
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Storm front rolls in at South Katoota, north of St George, on Thursday afternoon. - ABC licensed

Residents are celebrating after storms rolled through Queensland's southern inland overnight providing relief from painfully dry conditions, but the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) says it is not drought-breaking rain.

BOM forecaster Harry Clark said the best falls were in the eastern parts of the Maranoa and Warrego regions.

"St George recorded 25 millimetres and Roma 13 yesterday and overnight," Mr Clark said.

"Unfortunately areas around Goondiwindi largely missed out, but in general there were falls of between 10 to 15 millimetres across many parts."

Businesses in towns around St George took to social media to share news of the rainfall.

The town of Hebel is on the border of Queensland and New South Wales.

Hebel Hotel barman Mitchell Cummings said they received 30 millimetres of rainfall on Thursday, close to double what they had received all year.

"It's been fairly dry, so far here at the pub we've only had 18 millimetres for the whole year up until this rainfall today" Mr Cummings said.

But he said nearby farmers would be wishing for more.

"It's just a top up on the water tanks really — they're going to need a lot more but give them a bit of hope for now," Mr Cummings said.

Rain not expected to stick around: BOM

BOM said the official recording for Hebel was 12 millimetres.

"No doubt there were higher falls that didn't hit our gauges in the last 24 hours as the falls were very patchy and isolated," Mr Clark said.

Nindigully Pub is 30 minutes south of St George and manager Mark Gill said there was a few extra patrons inside yesterday afternoon for a celebratory drink.

"Every time it rains everyone's happy … every little drop everyone gets, for the tanks and the dams, it's just amazing for them and they do appreciate it," Mr Gill said.

While the rainfall delivered some solid results for the inland regions, BOM said it was not expected to stick around.

"There is a chance of some light falls today but it will be east of Roma and St George," Mr Clark said.

"But it is generally on a clearing trend as we go into the weekend, so definitely not drought breaking."


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