Wednesday forecast updated to predict ‘rain at times’


The weather bureau updated its rainfall outlook this morning to forecast 5-10mm for Bundaberg on Wednesday and 6-15mm on Thursday.

It's hardly the downpour that many people are hoping for but there will be happy gardeners and farmers if that much does arrive.

The rainfall amount is uncertain, depending on the movement of ex-tropical cyclone Trevor.

The bureau says that Trevor is currently located over the eastern Northern Territory and is expected to move slowly east-southeastwards towards western Queensland through the remainder of today.

“The system should then move slowly southeastwards across the interior of Queensland in the coming days,” the forecast says.

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The potential rainfall outlook for Bundaberg on Wednesday has been updated to “rain at times”.

“A weak ridge will persist along the east coast of Queensland over the next few days and will combine with ex-tropical cyclone Trevor to draw a very moist, tropical air mass southwards over much of Queensland through the week.

“An upper trough is likely to interact with ex-tropical cyclone Trevor, bringing areas of moderate to heavy rainfall across southwestern Queensland initially and then across parts of the central and southern interior during the week ahead.

“There remains some uncertainty regarding the exact movement of the system and therefore where the heaviest rainfall will occur.

“Cool conditions will spread to southwest Queensland today and then extend across much of interior through the remainder of the week.”

The state forecast for Thursday reads: “The upper trough will move into eastern Queensland, with areas of rain, showers and thunderstorms extending eastwards across much of central and eastern Queensland. Further moderate to heavy falls are possible about parts of the interior. Showers and thunderstorms will continue over northern and eastern Queensland in the moist and unstable air mass with some locally heavy falls possible.”

In March so far, Bundaberg has received 44mm of rain compared with a long-term average for March of 113mm.

The highest temperature so far this month was 34.5 degrees on 13 March.