Mackay Wet Weather Photo Tony Martin / Daily Mercury
Mackay Wet Weather Photo Tony Martin / Daily Mercury Tony Martin

Wet weather cancels races, sports games in region

SATURDAY 1.40pm:

Wet weather has caused an issue with visibility making it hard for planes to land at the Mackay Airport.

UPDATE: 3.26pm:

Play at day two of the New Pioneer Motors City of Mackay Open has been officially called off because of the rain.

It was suspended earlier in the day

PGA Australia Queensland division tournament co-ordinator Justin Maker said the golfers were able to get on course and play six to seven holes before rain forced them off again.

Play is scheduled to start at 7am Saturday morning to catch up on today's missed play, however Maker said this was dependent upon the weather.

Under-7 and U9 hockey games for Saturday morning are cancelled because of the weather.

For all other age groups a decision will be made at 7am tomorrow morning.

Check the Mackay School Hockey Association Facebook page for more information

UPDATE: 1.55pm:

The Mackay Football Park has been closed because of the wet weather. All junior games will be moved to next Sunday.

Magpies' grounds are open for tonight's games, however Country United's fields in Walkerston are closed.

UPDATE: 1.14pm: All junior rugby league games have been cancelled because of the weather.

Information on catch-up games will be sent out in the future, according to Mackay and District Junior Rugby League.

A number of AFL Mackay's junior competitions at Harrup Park have been cancelled because of today's wet weather.


• Under 6 Match program
• Under 8s AFL Mackay juniors
• Under 10s AFL Mackay juniors
• Under 11 Girls RAMP competition

UPDATE: 11am: Clermont's weekend races event has been cancelled due to the rain.

The races were supposed to be held tomorrow (Saturday) Pepperina Park.

The event may be re-scheduled for August, the organisers said on social media.


UPDATE 9.30am: Play at the Mackay Open has been suspended.

Golfers were due to start this morning but the rain means nobody has hit the course yet.

A decision on whether play begins will be made at 11.30am.

Meanwhile traffic is once again flowing on the Bruce Highway following a crash at Goorganga Plains about 8am. 

This was the second incident reported on Whitsunday roads in the past 12 hours.

At 2.10am paramedics were called to a single vehicle rollover on Suarloaf Rd, Riordanvale. 

A 30-year-old man was transported in a stable condition to Proserpine Hospital. 

Motorists across the Whitsundays are being reminded to drive carefully in the wet.

UPDATE 8am: The under 14 & under and 16 girls grand final which was to be played tonight at Mackay Junior Rugby League Grounds has been postponed until next Friday.


EARLIER: Rain figures in the region show at least 40mm has fallen in parts of town.

Since 9am yesterday Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) show 40mm of rain has been recorded in Eungella.

About 30mm of rain has been recorded at the Gooseponds and Mackay.

Walkerston received 34mm of rain.

It was a cool night in Mackay with temperatures between 12 and 13 degrees.

At 9pm BoM recorded the temperature as 12.5 degrees.

Parts of Central Queensland have been put on flood watch.

An upper trough will intensify over western Queensland today, BoM said and it will remain slow moving on Saturday, generating damaging winds and heavy rainfall for the coastal regions south of Mackay, including Yeppoon and Gladstone, and adjacent inland areas including Rockhampton and Emerald.  

A Severe Weather Warning was been issued Thursday afternoon for the Central Highlands, Coalfields, Capricornia and parts of the Central Coast and Whitsundays Forecast Districts.  

A Flood Watch was also issued for the Fitzroy, Barcoo, Warrego, Maranoa and Southern parts of the Burdekin River Catchments.



Today: 12-19 degrees with 80% chance of rain (20-70mm)

Tomorrow: 15-22 degrees with 70% chance of showers (15-70mm)

Sunday:  16-23 degrees with 70% chance of rain (4-15mm)

Monday - 18-24 degrees with 70% chance of rain (3-15mm)


Rainfall figures from 9am yesterday:

Eungella: 40mm

Finch Hatton 36mm

Walkerston: 34mm

Gargett: 33mm

Mackay: 29mm

Gooseponds: 29mm

Middle Percy Island: 25mm

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