Low pressure system lingering in the north

Lachlan Maher, 4 March 2018

The deep low pressure system lingering over western QLD should weaken early this week, shifting the bulk of the rain into the NT.

The past few days have seen heavy falls over western QLD, with many locations having already recorded more than the March average. Since the 1st, Mount Isa has received rainfall totals of 89mm, 26mm more than its monthly average, while Cloncurry has already recorded 161mm, including 101mm on the 3rd, making that its wettest day in 6 years.

Other locations further away from the centre of the system have also recorded impressive rainfalls, with Longreach and Winton nearly reaching their March averages with a single days rain (having recorded 43mm and 45mm respectively). Over the next few days, more rain is expected across western QLD, with totals ranging from 60 to over 100mm by the time the rain stops on Thursday.

While the rain looks to stop in QLD, it should pick up just across the border in the NT. Although these falls should be smaller, they should still bring much needed rain into the region. Totals of between 20-40mm of rain may occur in eastern parts of the NT, with Alice Springs forecast to receive its March average of 30mm by Monday.

By the end of next week, the remains of the low pressure system should have tracked towards the tropics, leading to a period of drier weather.

- Weatherzone

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