Bad weather Mackay Town Beach Photo Tony Martin / Daily Mercury
Bad weather Mackay Town Beach Photo Tony Martin / Daily Mercury Tony Martin

Rain expected to ease by end of today

THE Whitsundays may be receiving some strong winds and constant rain right now but the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) predicts we won't have to deal with it much longer.

BoM weather forecaster Brian James said an upper trough had developed over western and central parts of interior Queensland.

"There's an upper low pressure system developing to the left of Longreach which becomes a dominant thing," he said.

There's a lot of cloud (cover) in particular to the east of the trough, but as the low develops most of the rain will be to the east and a little bit further south.

"(The rain) should start to break up during today as the upper low intensifies and a surface trough develops off the coast."

Mr James said the Whitsunday region could expect to receive between 40 and 60mm of rain over the course of the day but it might be much less.

"Most of the rain is going to occur to the south of trough and (the trough) will sharpen today and as a result, the winds and rain should eventually ease over the Whitsundays area," he said.

"By Sunday, the upper low that we've got around the Longreach area moves a little towards the east then it moves north west and as it does, the surface trough weakens by Sunday."

"You may find the weather increases for a bit but not to the same extent as what was seen last night."

The weather isn't expected to get worse over the weekend with BoM expecting less rainfall tomorrow and even less on Sunday as the surface trough weakens.

"There may be times where we'll get patches of heavy rain and strong winds but as the trough sharpens and moves further south, it's expected to ease off," Mr James said.

However, Mr James noted weather was often unpredictable and if the trough didn't move as expected, major issues could occur.

"It's worth it keep a close eye on warnings and predictions on the Bureau of Meteorology website," he said.


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