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Cannonvale resident Terry Willson in Airlie Beach main street yesterday afternoon. Mr Willson has lived in the Whitsundays for five years and said that this was the most rainfall he had seen here during the start of November.
Cannonvale resident Terry Willson in Airlie Beach main street yesterday afternoon. Mr Willson has lived in the Whitsundays for five years and said that this was the most rainfall he had seen here during the start of November.

RAIN gauges in the region have been overflowing this week with November rainfall already exceeding the monthly average.

There is a 90 per cent chance of rain forecast for today and tomorrow but this is expected to drop to just a shower or two by the weekend.

More than 100mm was recorded by the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) at both Proserpine Airport and Hamilton Island in the first 10 days of November.

In Proserpine, a total of 159.8mm of rain was recorded by BOM from the first of the month until yesterday, compared to 38.2mm at the same time last year.

And it hasn't been any drier on Hamilton Island where 107.8mm was recorded in the first 10 days of the month.

Just 43.2mm was recorded for the same period last year.

Already, the ground in some areas can't take much more and water has started to pool on the roadside and gush through drains.

The higher than average rainfall is still a long shot from breaking the November record results. In 2000, Hamilton Island had 281.2mm for November and in 1950, 329.8mm was recorded for Proserpine's November rainfall.

BOM Queensland climate services manager Jeff Sabburg said the wetter conditions were probably being helped along by La Nina which refers to the extensive cooling of the central and eastern Pacific Ocean.

He said because of this, we could expect a seven out of 10 chance of exceeding our rainfall averages.

“The La Nina is expected to continue through to the summer and you can expect wet conditions along the east coast,” he said.

“Counter to that, temperatures are expected to be averaging slightly warmer nights.

“La Nina contributes to cooler days and warmer nights.”

November Rain

Hamilton Island:

November 2009 to the 10th – 43.2mm

November 2010 to the 10th – 107.8mm

Monthly average – 88.1mm

Record set in 2000 – 281.2mm

Proserpine:

November 2009 to the 10th – 38.2mm

November 2010 to the 10th – 159.8mm

Record set in 1950 – 329.8mm


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