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Healthy rainfall for many parts of Queensland

Craig McIntosh, Monday January 27, 2020 - 14:55 EDT

A monsoon-like synoptic pattern and humid winds from the Coral Sea are combining to generate welcome rain over a vast area of Queensland.

Rain is consistently falling over a wide area of northern, central and western Queensland, generated by a monsoon-like trough in the north, a broad trough extending south over western parts of the state, and humid winds being blown over the coast from the Coral Sea. Although much of the area does not have long-term rainfall deficiencies, a large swathe does have short-term deficiencies, so it is very welcome.

Some of the best 24 hour rain to 9am Monday fell over the Herbert and Lower Burdekin district, resulting in a flood warning being issued for the Burdekin River. 103mm of rain fell to 9am on Magnetic Island, and just as impressive was the 101mm at nearby Toolakea.

Similar rain totals were collected around Gulf Country as a low embedded in a monsoon-like trough triggered consistent rain. A rain gauge at Gregory Downs Outstation, southwest of Burketown, registered 102mm to 9am Monday, with many surrounding places collecting 70-100mm.

To the south, rain totals are less but still very welcome. Falls of 50-100mm were widespread over the Central West district, with one gauge northeast of Longreach picking up 112mm in 24 hours.

The rain will ease over central western parts of Queensland over the coming days, but should continue, if not increase, in the northwest as a tropical low moves over eastern parts of the NT. Many rivers are swelling as a result of the recent rain, so keep up to date with warnings at

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