Highest rainfall in 55 years

THE Whitsunday region had record rainfall in March with more than one metre of rain recorded in Proserpine.

In what was a wet month for the entire State, the Whitsundays had some of the highest rainfall recorded which blew average rainfall statistics out of the water.

Whitsunday Coast Airport at Proserpine recorded 1077.2mm of rain which was the highest recording of rainfall since 1956 when 1122mm was recorded at Proserpine Post Office.

Of this total, 627.8mm fell between March 29 and 31 which was a record three day total for the site.

Hamilton Island residents didn't escape the brunt of the rain either with 843mm falling in March.

Senior Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Brett Harrison said these were remarkable statistics.

“It's been very heavy throughout the State of Queensland through March especially in the central and Whitsunday area,” he said.

“The main cause of this was the La Nina combined with a series of coastal troughs enhancing the rainfall and showers.”

The region has also experienced heavy rainfall in the first week of April with 245mm falling at Proserpine Airport and 327mm at Hamilton Island.

Mr Harrison said this should be the last of the heavy rainfalls in the coming weeks.

“We're expecting showers to continue but they are expected to be much less than we have experienced over the past few weeks.”

Weather stats

Rainfall for past 7 days

Whitsunday Coast Airport: 245mm

Hamilton Island Airport: 327mm

March rainfall

Whitsunday Coast Airport: 1077.2mm

Hamilton Island Airport: 843mm

Proserpine average March rainfall: 100mm

State average March rainfall: 204.62mm


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