Australia Wheat Weather

Queensland, Victoria & NSW

Spring rains arrived early in north Queensland with some of the highest falls this early in the season in years.

Corsis and Daradgee near Innisfail had their heaviest rain this early in September in at least eight years by gaining 65mm and 58mm respectively in the 24 hours to nine o'clock this morning.

Further inland on the tablelands Atherton picked up 18mm, their highest daily September total in at least 14 years.

This recent rain was caused by moist southeasterly winds and cool air in the upper atmosphere. The cool air has moved out to sea causing rain to ease. Just a few showers are likely over the next day or so before clearing on the weekend.

September is normally a fairly dry month with Ingham averaging 39mm but so far this month more than 48mm has fallen. October is usually when the increased rainfall occurs. By December Ingham averages 197mm.

In NSW its been a cold start to spring with temperatures in the region 5-7 degrees below normal.

However, on Friday, a trough approaching from the west will force warm air from the interior across NSW, VIC and QLD, causing temperatures to reach up to 6 above average.

Western & Southern Australia

Over the past week a broad region of low pressure has been building over WA, the perfect trigger for convective storms and showers. Today, a front clipping southern WA has started to link up with the low pressure trough, moving it east into SA.

Moisture is also being drawn into the trough by mid and upper-level winds, allowing showers and thunder to develop. Most of this is falling over the SA central inland all the way to the southeast coasts.

Currently, only a maximum of 0.6mm of rain has been recorded anywhere in the state due to particularly dry surface winds. This trend is not expected to change much, with most places forecast to receive less than 1mm tomorrow.

Over the weekend, though, another, stronger trough is predicted to bring a little bit more of a wet relief.