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Monsoonal downpours for QLD's far north

Mellissa Mackellar, Sunday January 20, 2013 - 14:24 EDT

Parts of QLD's far north are being soaked by their heaviest rain in months, as the monsoon trough ramps up.

To 9am on Sunday morning, Weipa had recorded 115mm of rain, while at the airport 75mm of rain fell. For the airport this is the most rain they've seen since last March after having the driest December in at least 20 years.

Across the North Coast and Tablelands, widespread falls of up to 50mm were recorded, with 46mm at Low Isles and 45mm at Cardwell, the heaviest rain since April and July respectively.

This rain comes after very heavy falls on Friday. Sweers Island in the Gulf Country received 213mm to 9am on Saturday, the wettest January total in at least 15 years. It was the most rain during January for three years for Innisfail, with 87mm, while Cairns had the most rain they've seen since May, with 42mm.

And the deluge is not over yet. By 12:30pm on Sunday Weipa had picked up another 9mm, while 22mm had fallen at Horn Island as rain and thunderstorms continued over the region.

The monsoon trough is expected to develop further over the region and a low pressure system situated over the NT is expected to move back into the Gulf and intensify over the coming days, potentially into a tropical cyclone. Falls in excess of 100mm are likely in parts of far north QLD for at least a few days.

- Weatherzone

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