50mm of rain predicted this week
LESLIE Park gardener Andrew Smith’s plan to plant punnets of petunias all hinges on this week’s downpours.
The Southern Downs Regional Council employee was yesterday one of many locals looking skyward in the hope the Rose City might finally see some seriously wet weather.
“The hot weather in recent weeks has certainly dried things off,” Mr Smith said.
“In Leslie Park the grass has really dried out and soil moisture levels are pretty ordinary.
“I’ve got punnets and punnets of petunias I would like to plant next week, but first we need some wet weather.”
When asked, as a man with a reasonable grip on mother earth, what we could expect rainfall-wise Mr Smith was direct.
“Whatever those blokes at the Bureau of Meteorology say, I usually bank on it being the very opposite,” he said.
Which means the local green thumb may be a little concerned to read the forecasters at the BOM are predicting falls of between 25mm and 50mm during the next two days.
BOM senior forecaster Ben Annells said the Southern Downs could expect thunderstorms and isolated showers clearing late tomorrow.
“It is quite warm, so we are not predicting any particularly severe storm events,” Mr Annells said.
“But these are slower moving systems, so we would expect slightly higher rainfall totals.
“We could see heavier falls of up to 100mm, which may cause some flash-flooding.”
He said the wet weather should be followed by a cool change.
Thunderstorms and isolated showers, expecting falls of 25-50mm
Clearing ahead of cool change tomorrow
Rainfall: Yangan 64mm, Killarney 44mm, Cherrabah 25mm, Warwick 9mm (official to 7pm last night)