Fine weather and strong winds ahead

The weather map on Monday at 10pm as storms lashed towns across the Central Highlands.
The weather map on Monday at 10pm as storms lashed towns across the Central Highlands.

THE Central Highlands expected heavy rain, large hail stones and flash flooding at the weekend, however the threat amounted to little more than light showers, cloud cover and a little thunder.

Among the top rainfalls around the region, Middlemount received 27mm, Capella 19mm, Valeria 14mm, Clermont 17mm, Tieri 22mm, Bauhinia Downs 30mm, Taroom 54mm, and the Bingigang Weir recorded 91mm in the 24 hours to Sunday morning.

Weather forecaster Michael Marrinan said significant showers remained in the area.

“There were generally 20 to 40mm falls around the Central Highlands and it was a combination of a surface trough and an upper-level trough that is currently moving through the Central Highlands,” he said yesterday.

Mr Marrinan said he expected the system would have moved on by Monday.

“I think you will find it to be fine days ahead and we’ll continue to see above average temperatures at least until the weekend,” he said.

Mr Marrinan said there were no warnings current, although the Central Highlands could expect to see some fairly strong winds over the weekend.

“Fire dangers will also increase as the week goes on,” he said.

Fog cover has been causing much havoc at the Emerald Airport over the past two days, with two QantasLink planes finishing up in Rockhampton on Monday

Later, four planes landed in quick succession.

The first plane expected in Emerald on Sunday was diverted to Longreach, before the second landed in Emerald at 8.55am, with some flights delayed by more than an hour.

There were no reports of flash flooding, however the Duaringa-Apis Creek Road was closed at Belcomba, with 40mm on the floodway.

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