A mixed bag of weather expected this week
RAIN. That's what we saw late last week as a major rain event unfolded across the southern parts of the state. 86mm fell on Warwick with some areas receiving upwards of 130mm. It is just what the country needed and I think there would be some happy farmers out there this week.
Saturday was a beautiful day with some patchy cloud around but very little wind. The temperature rose to 29 degrees after an overnight low of 16 with no rain recorded.
Sunday started with a few storms around in the very early morning and developed into widespread rain by mid-morning. Some areas north of Warwick suffered flash flooding and some powerlines were down towards Pittsworth. 18.8mm was recorded in Warwick and other areas received well over 50mm. There was a high of 24 degrees after an overnight low of 18 and winds were light from the east-south-east tending north-east at times.
A RIDGE along the coast of Queensland will strengthen this week as a couple of upper troughs and associated surface troughs move through the southern parts of the state. As the ridge strengthens, moist air will be pushed into Queensland and interact with the troughs, bringing some instability to western parts of the south-east corner.
TODAY may see some showers and a chance of a storm in the northern parts of the region as the ridge along the coast starts to strengthen. By afternoon a surface trough may develop to the west and areas east of this trough may experience some showers or even a storm. Warwick should stay dry and partly cloudy. Winds should be light to moderate from the south during the morning before swinging south-east in the afternoon. 16-27.
TOMORROW will see the ridge to the east strengthen and this should keep our region dry, clear and sunny for most of the day. A surface trough may develop to the west of Goondiwindi and this is where any rain or storms will be. Winds should be light to moderate from the south-east before swinging to the east during the afternoon. 15-27.
WEDNESDAY should be fine and sunny with clear skies over the Southern Downs. The ridge will take up position over the eastern Downs and any instability will be to the south and west of the region. A surface trough should develop over northern New South Wales in the afternoon. Winds will be light to moderate from the east for most of the day. 15-28.
THURSDAY should see the ridge weaken slightly as an upper and associated surface trough develops to the west and south of us once again. This should bring some instability to areas west of Warwick but Warwick and areas east should stay fine for most of the day with some patchy cloud in the afternoon. 14-29.
ON FRIDAY there is a chance of a couple of showers as the surface trough makes its way east. Any severe thunderstorms will be to the west of Warwick. It should be clear in the morning before some cloud builds in the afternoon. Winds should be moderate from the east-north-east for most of the day. 15-27.
AT THIS stage, both days should be fine and clear with temperatures around the mid-20s
Terry West, Southern Downs Weather and Storm Chasing