Meteorologist Rosa Hoff said the overcast, humid and rainy conditions over Mackay, Isaac and the Whitsundays would continue for the rest of the year. Picture: Peter Wallis
Meteorologist Rosa Hoff said the overcast, humid and rainy conditions over Mackay, Isaac and the Whitsundays would continue for the rest of the year. Picture: Peter Wallis

Muggy and wet weather to continue for rest of year

The Bureau of Meteorology is warning New Year's Eve revellers to prepare for rain, with a muggy and wet end to 2020 predicted.
Meteorologist Rosa Hoff said the overcast, humid and rainy conditions over Mackay, Isaac and the Whitsundays would continue for the rest of the year.

Ms Hoff said the Mackay coastal region could be hit with as much as 80mm of rain this week.

She said the next week an average of 15-20mm of water was expected each day, with isolated regions to record as much as 50mm.
Ms Hoff said residents in the Central Highlands and Coalfields would feel the rain first.

She said 20-30mm was expected through this week, with some areas to get as much as 60mm of rain.

"But that's an accumulation of the week, not just each day," Ms Hoff said.

She said the cause of the wet weather was a low pressure trough in western Queensland that would reach the coast by Wednesday.
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"It's been dragging a lot of really moist, really humid and warm air in from out over the ocean into much of inland Queensland," Ms Hoff said.

She said the system would bring rain, showers and storms as it passed over the region.

Ms Hoff said the active La Nina system exaggerated the impact of any wet weather, "so when it rains a bit, there's a better chance of it raining a lot".

"(But) we are not expecting any cyclone activity in the Coral Sea region until at least January," she said.
Ms Hoff said the heavy cloud cover across most of Queensland would result in some "chilly" days ahead, with temperatures to drop by as much a 5C below the December average.

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Mackay forecast

Provided by the Bureau of Meteorology

Tuesday: Min 23. Max 29. Cloudy. Very high, 90 per cent, chance of showers, tending to rain in areas later in the day. Light winds.

Wednesday: Min 23. Max 28. Cloudy. Very high, 90 per cent, chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm in the morning. Light winds.
Thursday: Min 23. Max 29. Cloudy. High, 80 per cent, chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm in the morning. Light winds becoming east to south-easterly 15 to 20km/h during the morning then becoming light during the afternoon.
Friday: Min 23. Max 30. Cloudy. High, 80 per cent, chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm during the morning. Light winds becoming south-easterly 15 to 20km/h during the day.

Saturday: Min 23. Max 30. Cloudy. High, 80 per cent, chance of showers. Light winds becoming east to south-easterly 20 to 25km/h during the morning.

Sunday: Min 23. Max 31. Cloudy. Medium, 60 per cent, chance of showers. Winds southerly 15 to 20km/h turning easterly 20 to 25 km/h during the day.


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