'A good start': Queensland receives biggest rainfall since April

| 27.08,18. 03:53 AM |

'A good start': Queensland receives biggest rainfall since April


Queensland has copped its biggest drenching since April, and while widespread falls weren't drought breaking farmers have said every drop helps.

Goondiwindi in the state’s south-west received 35 millimetres, with cattle and grain farmer Lindsay Ward calling it a “very good start”.

“It will set us up for early summer,” he said.

Meanwhile, parts of regional New South Wales also received welcome rainfall, with heaviest falls were in the state’s north-west. Towns including Inverell, Moree and Narrabri all received above 20 millimeters.

Further west, Dubbo and Bourke also copped a soaking, receiving above 10mm.

While the latest downpour is nowhere near enough to break the drought, the precious showers have lifted spirits.

Meanwhile, Yamba picked up 72mm to 9am yesterday and Coffs Harbour saw 56mm.

For Yamba, it was the heaviest rain day in two months, and for Coffs Harbour it was the heaviest rain day since March.

On the other hand, the 5mm recorded at Coonabarabran Showground at 9am on Friday was the heaviest falls seen since the beginning of March.

While more wet weather is needed, forecasters have said big falls are unlikely currently because of the El Nino weather pattern.

“It’s really hard to get enough rainfall, so that means a drier and warmer than average spring,”  Gabriel Branesco from the Bureau of Meteorology said.

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