Rainfall records smashed as blue skies emerge

Robert Greg didn't let the wet weather stop him from going on his smoko.
Robert Greg didn't let the wet weather stop him from going on his smoko. Jacob Miley

AFTER two days of miserable weather, blue skies make for a pleasant change.

Although the rain has cleared for now, the full affects of the deluge are still being felt around the region.

The annual West Mackay State School 'Mayfair' has been postponed until next month after the grounds were too wet to hold the event on Saturday.

West Mackay State School P+C vice president and member of the Mayfair committee, Michelle Tickle, said the decision was made late Thursday for safety and health reasons.

There are also plenty of sporting matches that have been cancelled due to the weather conditions.

Mackay received almost a months worth of rain in about two days, with 82.2 mm recorded on Friday and 23.8 mm recorded on Thursday.

Areas further North, such as Proserpine and Collinsville smashed rainfall records for the month of May.

In a 24-hour period, Proserpine received 111mm, while inland Collinsville recorded 120mm, which is the highest rainfall total during the month of May ever recorded.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster, Julian De Morton said it was a bit unusual the rain event was so widespread.

Looking forward, Mackay residents should be in for a fine weekend, according to Mr De Morton.

"The rain band has moved offshore and this morning over the area there has been a lot of fog and low cloud which should be lifting during the morning," he said.

"It should fine up to be a pretty good day and a pretty good weekend for the Central Coast."

Looking into next week, a ridge is building along the coast and some showers could develop but nothing as significant as we just saw.

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