Rainy days are almost over

Like most of the South Burnett, Nanango was a wasah with rain on Friday, October 13.
Like most of the South Burnett, Nanango was a wasah with rain on Friday, October 13. Vickie Sullivan

AFTER a month of solid rain the South Burnett is on track to have one of its wettest Octobers ever.

As of Monday morning, Kingaroy Airport had received just over 126mm of rain this month.

This is almost double the long term October average of 65.3mm.

It is a drastic change from the previous September, whicvh was the driest on record with no rain at all.

Lachlan Maher from Weatherzone said the rain would clear up by the end of the week

"Part of the reason it's been such a wet month is there is a trough lingering over southeast Queensland,” Mr Maher said.

"These troughs bring increased cloud cover and lead to instability in the atmosphere, resulting in the storms we've seen over the last couple of days.”

This trough has been moving out to sea as a high pressure system develops over northern New South Wales and southeast Queensland.

"By next weekend it should be mostly sunny,” Mr Maher said.

"There should be periods of showers between now and then.

"Thursday has the most rain forecast with between 5-10mm and that is expected to be the peak of the rain this week.”

As the cloud clears the temperature will rise.

Tuesday and Wednesday will reach tops of 28 degrees while Thursday to Sunday could hit the low 30s.

Most of the rain has soaked into the ground, meaning little change in dam levels.

Boondooma Dam is sitting at about 48.5%, slightly lower than a month ago when it sat at 49%.

Bjelke-Petersen Dam is similarly low at 18%, just 0.5% more that it was on September 27.

The South Burnett Regional Council has the Gordonbrook Dam at 88.4%, with no change in the past month.

The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting an average summer in terms of rainfall.

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