Wet weekend could break Warwick weather records

WARWICK could have its wettest June day on record this weekend, with falls of as much as 80mm forecast for Saturday.

A curtain of heavy rain will sweep across the region, bringing welcome winter falls.

The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting a 95% chance of 30-80mm for the day.

If the forecast is true, records could tumble across the region.

According to the Bureau, the wettest June day on record was 54.8mm on June 21, 1979.

The average June rainfall for Warwick is just 34.9mm.

Forecaster Lauren Pattie said there would be thunderstorms embedded in the rain band.

"If you get under one of those storms you could some very heavy falls in excess of 200mm," she said.

"With these rainfall totals we are considering the possibility of flash flooding."

The approaching rain band will extend from Rockhampton to St George, with widespread falls of 20mm-50mm east of the line.

Forecasters are facing some uncertainty about the rain band as it develops.

"At this stage there's a little bit of uncertainty about where the trough will position itself," Ms Pattie said.

"Timing is a touch of uncertainty, it could be a little later.

"We just have to watch and see how much rain develops over the next couple of days."

The rain event will be short-lived, with the Bureau forecasting skies to clear on Sunday morning.



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