Rain brings relief but no flooding concerns

Vincent Penberthy was all smiles jumping through the puddles on Monday after school.
Vincent Penberthy was all smiles jumping through the puddles on Monday after school.

WHILE mums and dads may have thought differently, there were plenty of children around Emerald on Monday enjoying and making the most of the soggy puddles.

It may not have lasted for long, but the short burst of rain came as sweet relief for many as it soaked the lawns and cooled things down for a couple of days.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Peter Otto said while there were still some light showers and storms sticking around today across the Central Highlands, they would be clearing from tomorrow.

But it might not be a good idea to put the umbrella away just yet, as he said there could still be a possibility of light showers and storms on Friday.

"Come Saturday it looks like it will contract out of the district. The rain we have been seeing is due to an upper trough that will start to move across the state from Wednesday," he said.

"In terms of temperatures, a lot of the state is cooler than average."

Mr Otto said the cooler temperatures would continue through to the weekend, with readings of two to five degrees below average due to cloud cover.

"From Saturday, Emerald will be seeing more average temperatures. There could be a bit of high cloud around, but it will be mainly fine with mainly light to moderate winds," he said.

With no current warnings present concerning flash flooding to our localised river systems, Central Highlanders can rest easy and take advantage of the light showers and give the sprinklers a break for a couple of days.

Mr Otto said the climate outlook for summer showed just a fractionally higher chance of exceeding the average rainfall for the next three months, but it didn't look too concerning at this point for possible flooding.

"The signal last year was one of the strongest we have seen in about 30 years, so in terms of the state as a whole it is nowhere near as high," he said.

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