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M'boro records wettest August day in 121 years

Hervey Bay's Pettley family enjoy the Wide Bay and Fraser Coast Home Show and Caravan, Camping, 4x4 and Fishing Expo , despite the wet weather.
Hervey Bay's Pettley family enjoy the Wide Bay and Fraser Coast Home Show and Caravan, Camping, 4x4 and Fishing Expo , despite the wet weather. Valerie Horton

UPDATE: Maryborough recorded its wettest August day in 121 years during a record-breaking weekend.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Dean Narramore said the city received 90.6mm in the 24 hours to 9am on Sunday which was the highest August total since 1893.

He said in Hervey Bay, 63mm was recorded in the 24 hours to 9am on Sunday while Ghost Hill received 106mm and Pacific Haven recorded 62mm in the same period.

EARLIER: The past two Augusts have been extremely dry for the Fraser Coast, but all that changed on Saturday.

From Friday to early on Sunday, the Fraser Coast received between 50mm and 90mm of rain, caused by an upper level trough moving through Queensland from the west to east.

Some areas, including Howard, Dundowran and Tinana, are believed to have received more than 100mm of rain.

Meteorologist Pradeep Singh said the massive upper lower pressure developed over the northern part of South Australia and was gradually moving eastwards.

"The rainfall was way above the average for the Fraser Coast region this month as August is generally known to be a dry month," Mr Singh said.

"It's an excellent rainfall for the coast because in the past couple of years, the Fraser Coast region experienced an average rainfall of only 10-50mm in the month of August.

"August 2010 was the last time the Fraser Coast saw good rainfall at around this time of the year so the rain is particularly welcomed."

Mr Singh said Tuesday and Wednesday should be sunny before the early easterly winds return to bring us slight coastal showers on Thursday.

Forecast temperatures for the week ahead

  •  Monday 9 - 21
  •   Tuesday 8 - 23
  •   Wednesday 8 - 23
  •   Thursday 9 - 22
  •   Friday 11 - 22
  •   Saturday 12 - 22

Topics:  fraser coast, hervey bay, maryborough, rain



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