Testing weather for cricket in BrisbaneWillemien Phelan, Saturday November 10, 2012 - 10:46 EDT
Rain fell steadily on Brisbane during Friday night and into Saturday morning, delivering 9mm in the city rain gauge and up to 25mm in the western suburb of Kenmore. This is the city's first decent rainfall in more than four weeks and there is more to come this afternoon and evening.
A large and slow-moving trough of low pressure is causing the rain and storm potential today. This trough has already delivered hefty falls to parts of inland QLD and also across NSW over the past couple of days. During the eastwards trek of this trough, it continues to be fed with tropical moisture from the Coral Sea, ready to be dumped on Brisbane.
Rain and thunderstorms are likely to bring totals of 25mm around Brisbane today, with up to 50mm possible in parts of the city. This intense rainfall is likely to bring flash flooding and disrupt day two of the First Test at the Gabba.
Take a brolly, gumboots and a raincoat if you're heading to the match as there will be steady rainfall throughout the day. The rain and showers are likely to intensify shortly after 3pm before easing into the evening.
A cool southerly wind change in the wake of the trough will make today cooler than average, with a top in the low-twenties, making the wet a shivery business.
Sunday will be dry from about sunrise as the trough moves offshore, allowing the temperature to climb back up into the mid 20s in the afternoon.
© Weatherzone 2012
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