Region braces for wild weather
GAYNDAH is set to break a 129-year-old record for rainfall this week as the Fraser Coast braces for wild weather and heavy rains over the next four days.
Weatherzone meteorologist Sam Terry said yesterday the Coast could face storms and heavy rain this week as two high pressure systems met over the region.
“There’s one coming from inland and there’s one coming from the coast. They’ll probably converge over the Fraser Coast region,” he said.
He said the convergence could result in wild weather including storms, flooding and wind.
“With any of these storms we could see flash flooding particularly, but there’s also the chance of damaging wind gusts as well,” he said.
But Mr Terry said there was some good news for the region’s farmers, with between 100 and 200mm of rain expected over the next four to seven days.
“It’s probably about four times average September rain. That’s good news if that’s what you’re after,” he said.
Gayndah in particular is experiencing a historic influx of water, in a region which has suffered from severe drought in recent years.
Yesterday was the wettest September day on record for more than 55 years, with rainfall expected to break more records later this week.
Bureau of Meteorology Queensland Climate Services manager Jeff Sabburg said Gayndah had already received 141mm of rain this month, more than four times the average for September.
“Clearly Gayndah is over 300 per cent of its average so that’s fantastic news in terms of the amount of rainfall,” he said.
He said the figure was approaching the highest September rainfall on record for Gayndah, which stands at 141mm, from 1881.
“It’s not the end of the month and we’re up to 118 and the record’s 141 so we’ll watch this space on Gayndah,” Mr Sabburg said.
Mr Terry said he expected the record to be broken sooner rather than later.
“I’d be almost certain that’s going to happen in the next week, so that’s exciting,” he said.
Although the first week of the school holidays will be a wash-out, Mr Terry said models were not indicating any significant rain in the second week.
But he said the wet weather was expected to continue for the rest of the year, with the wettest months still to come as La Nina officially comes into effect.
“We’ll see above average rainfall continue for the rest of the spring and into the summer as well. How much above average it’s a little bit hard to tell,” he said.
The Bureau of Meteorology released a severe thunderstorm warning for the area yesterday morning which was later cancelled, although the Bureau said it would continue to monitor the situation and forecasters were expecting heavy rains.