MUCH NEEDED: Storm activity in the area has brought recent rainfall to the Southern Downs, with more rain forecast.
MUCH NEEDED: Storm activity in the area has brought recent rainfall to the Southern Downs, with more rain forecast. Chris Mcferran SE QLD Weather

When it rains it pours... we hope

THE Southern Downs recorded strong rainfall yesterday and in welcome news for farmers, more rain is forecast for the remainder for the week.

While Warwick recorded just 3.6mm from 9am until the Daily News went to print yesterday, Bony Mountain recorded 24mm and Queen Mary Falls recorded 14mm.

Peter Cleary, who runs a sheep farm at Greymare, said the rain was welcome.

"We had 1.5mm of rain (on Sunday) night and the same again (yesterday)," Mr Cleary said.

"They were nice falls and gave us a nice start but there's still no moisture underneath.

"One warm week would ruin the rain we just had.

"My hope is that we can get more rain before the influence of the rain we just had is wiped out."

Mr Cleary said it was frustrating to miss out on the rain, with areas north of Warwick receiving more.

"It's very frustrating being on the edge," he said.

"It's very hard for the stock - I've never seen the country as bare and I've been here a long time.

"I would say we need about 80-100mm in a week to be right again.

"But that's just the way it goes, sometimes it's the other way around."

Mr Cleary's wish could become a reality, with the Bureau of Meteorology predicting areas on the Southern Downs could receive reasonable rainfall in the coming week.

"Warwick is looking at about 10 to 15mm (today), (tomorrow) and Thursday," BOM senior meteorologist Pradeep Singh said.

"On Thursday night and Friday though, there is the potential for falls of 30 to 40mm in the region.

"Most of Friday and into Saturday it should rain.

"I don't have a specific location but some parts of the region could get up to 50mm in the next four days and up to 100mm in the next week."

Mr Singh said Warwick was looking at average rainfall during the next three months.

"The average rainfall in Warwick for December is 92mm, January 93mm and February 83mm," Mr Singh said.

"Our long-range forecast is predicting that Warwick should receive similar to that total of 268mm for the three months."



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