A soggy start to the weekend for eastern QLD

Kim Westcott, 4 May 2019

A slow-moving low pressure trough has finally made its way to eastern QLD, bringing lots of cloud and some eagerly anticipated rain.

Although rain was patchy further west, there were some solid falls recorded in the Central West, Maranoa and parts of the Southeast Coast in the 24 hours to 9am Saturday.

Tambo picked up 16.8mm of rain, making it the wettest May day since 2012. In the Maranoa, the 20.3mm that landed in the gauge at St George and the 17.4mm at Cunnamulla, was the heaviest day of May rain since 2013.

As the trough slowly slides east, falls have continued across the eastern districts, with around 5-15mm recorded across several stations in the Southeast Coast, Wide Bay and Burnett and Darling Downs during Saturday.

Thanks to the cloud that has accompanied the trough, overnight temperatures were also on the toasty side, nudging low 20's across Brisbane suburbs. Brisbane (20.2 degrees), Amberley (18.1 degrees) and Archerfield (20.1 degrees) had their hottest May morning in three years, which is six-to-eight degrees above the May average.

This low pressure trough will move offshore by early Sunday morning, with cooler temperatures but plenty of sunshine across the state for the week ahead.