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Sunshine Coast and surrounds drying out after drenching

Brett Dutschke, Sunday August 24, 2014 - 13:27 EST

The Sunshine Coast and surrounds, including Gympie Muster territory are now drying out after two months worth of rain fell in about a week.

For the past three days it has been the focus of a low pressure system just offshore, bringing 146mm to Tewantin, 132mm to Maleny and 117mm to Noosa.

The region barely had time to clean up after heavy falls the previous weekend when a large low pressure trough dumped rain over most of Queensland and New South Wales.

The two systems have given Rainbow Beach and Tewantin more than 200mm and most of the coast to the NSW border 80-150mm, leaving the ground sodden. This is about double the August average and the heaviest rain that the region has seen since April.

The heavy rain has not just been confined to the coast due to a pool of cold air in the upper atmosphere enabling rain to spread inland.

Gympie gained 40mm in the past three days and 33mm the week before. Its total of 73mm in 10 days is double the monthly average and its biggest rain since April.

This rain has been a concern for those attending the Gympie Muster at nearby Amamoor State Forest, where 80mm fell in the past nine days. Despite the wettest lead-up the the country music festival in three years, the ground will dry out a bit before the event officially begins this Thursday. Showers during the next few days will be few and far between and only amount to about two millimetres or less. A slow-moving low pressure system off the coast will cause heavier and more frequent showers further south while focussing the heavy rain south of the NSW border.

The Muster runs from Thursday to next Sunday and each day is looking generally sunny and dry with temperatures reaching the mid twenties. However, muddy puddles will make water-proofed boots and mozzie repellent worth packing.

- Weatherzone

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