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Wet week ahead for QLD tropical coast

Kim Westcott, Thursday February 14, 2013 - 15:32 EDT

Queensland's Central Coast was soaked by the heaviest rain in three weeks overnight, with more downpours on the way for the region.

A low pressure trough combined with moisture laden southeasterly winds last night, causing heavy rain around Mackay. The airport recorded 52mm of rain in the 24 hours to 9am, which is the highest total since Ex Tropical Cyclone passed by in late January. Rain gauges near Mackay recorded up to 78mm, with 71mm falling at Fenners Road and 57mm at Dumbleton.

This will not be the last of the rain for Mackay though thanks to a stagnant weather pattern over the region. Heavy falls will also affect central and northern parts of the Queensland coast over coming days.

Between now and Sunday parts of the Central Coast, including Mackay, may see another 50-100mm. The heaviest rain will then move north on the weekend, causing rainfall totals of 100-200mm for parts of the North Tropical Coast by next Thursday.

Unfortunately for those that prefer dry weather, Mackay residents will have to wait until next week before they can safely leave the umbrella at home.

- Weatherzone

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