LIGHT SHOW: Spectacular lightning storms hit the Whitsundays twice last week on Thursday and Saturday nights. Photo by Nadene Allan/Vampp Photography.
LIGHT SHOW: Spectacular lightning storms hit the Whitsundays twice last week on Thursday and Saturday nights. Photo by Nadene Allan/Vampp Photography.

More rain expected

WHITSUNDAY residents should expect the recent rainy weather to continue with more of the same predicted in coming days.

Senior forecaster with the Bureau of Meteorology in Townville Doug Fraser said there was definitely more rain on the way, along with strong south easterly winds, gusting at times.

He said more showers were expected over the next few days with heavy rain at night.

Mr Fraser said there was a low pressure system hanging off the coast that had provided some storms and moderate showers in recent days and that there would be little change in the weather in the next few days.

He confirmed the Whitsundays rainfall had been lower than average so far this wet season but said areas south of Mackay had experienced higher than average rainfall from a couple of severe weather events.

January this year saw a huge increase in the rain recorded at the Proserpine Airport with 335.4mm - more than four times as much as the station received in January last year when only 81.2mm was recorded.

However, the February trend has been very different with only 311.2mm of rain recorded at the Proserpine Airport in the first 26 days of February, compared to 434.8mm for the same period last year.

The majority of this February's rain fell over a five day period with a whopping 248.6mm falling between February 14 and 18.


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