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Some welcome rain on the way for central Queensland and New South Wales

Craig McIntosh, Sunday June 24, 2018 - 12:58 AEST

A somewhat unseasonal trough will form over Australia's eastern interior during the coming days, producing rain for some areas suffering from severe rainfall deficiencies.

On Monday, a trough looks to form over western parts of Queensland, and will deepen on Tuesday and Wednesday. It will be fed by moisture from the tropics as well as the Coral and Tasman Seas, and by Thursday some areas could have the best rain they've seen in months.

For Queensland, the heaviest falls on and west of the ranges look to be over the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Darling Downs and Granite Belt and parts of Maranoa and Warrego. There is also a chance some far southwestern parts could get some good falls. By Thursday evening, some places could have collected 20-30mm of rain. A thunderstorm or two might be generated, which could enhance rainfall, however its more likely to the east of the ranges.

Roma, for instance, could collect 15-30mm from the trough. The gauge in Roma has only recorded 4mm since the last good rain in early March of this year.

South of the border in New South Wales, parts of the Upper and Lower Western, North West and Central West Slopes and Plains, and Central Tablelands could also see similar falls accumulate by late Thursday. A few thunderstorms may trigger some isolated heavier falls west of the ranges.

Places like Nyngan, which had their last decent rainfall in January, will be hoping the forecast 15-30mm comes to fruition.

Although the trough will unlikely cure the rainfall deficiencies, it is still welcome in a time of extended dryness for our farmers.

- Weatherzone

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