Fine outlook for Easter break

Two soggy rainbow lorikeets take shelter on a picnic table at the Fairbairn Dam.
Two soggy rainbow lorikeets take shelter on a picnic table at the Fairbairn Dam. Lindsey Jackson

THE umbrellas and winter woollies came out on Monday, as parts of the Central Highlands saw rainfalls of up to 102mm, bringing a cool change to the region.

Even the wildlife was left seeking shelter as the downpour soaked the roads and left flooded paddocks and drains around the area.

Bureau of Meteorology weather forecaster Michael Marrinan said the deluge was due to an upper level low pressure system, which has now moved east-southeast.

Florence Vale, west of Capella, was the worst hit, with 102mm hitting the town in the 24 hours to Tuesday, 9am.

Just north, Sunny Park residents saw similar rainfalls with 95mm falling in the same period.

Emerald recorded falls of up to 62mm, while Springsure had 67mm, the Comet Weir 73mm and Wyseby 65mm.

Mr Marrinan said the rain had moved on and inland areas could expect to see fine weather over the next few days and through to Easter.

“It doesn’t look as though it’s going to be too bad over Easter,” he said.

“But there’s probably going to be too much wind for the boaties’ liking.”

He said boaties could expect light winds initially between 15 to 20 knots in open waters on Saturday.

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