Rain relief in sight

WHITSUNDAY residents have been bombarded with rain over the past week-and-a-half, but there is relief coming with little rain forecast from Sunday.

In the seven days to 9am Thursday, Hamilton Island had recorded 240mm of rain, while Bowen had 518mm and Upp River near Proserpine recorded 380mm.

Bureau of Meteorology meteorologist Vinord Anand said heavy rain was still expected today in the Whitsundays and down to Mackay, with 100mm to 150mm forecast.

However a severe weather warning for the Whitsundays was lifted Thursday morning.

Mr Anand said by Friday rain was expected to start easing off-shore.

Highest rainfalls of 60-70mm around the Hamilton Island, Airlie Beach and Proserpine areas were possible.

By Saturday, the local area was more likely to see around 10-15mm for the day, according to the BoM.

"There will be a marked decrease in rainfall going into the weekend,” Mr Anand said.

Relief from the incessant rain will arrive by Sunday, with only showers forecast from Sunday to Tuesday and just 3-10mm predicted each day, Mr Anand said.

"Late in the weekend into early next week the rain clears,” Mr Anand said.

"There will be no significant rainfall in that time.”

The Proserpine River still remains on minor flood warning.


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