Camper Ray Messenger was glad to have some rain at the National Music Muster site to settle the dust, with 48mm of rain received Tuesday night.
Camper Ray Messenger was glad to have some rain at the National Music Muster site to settle the dust, with 48mm of rain received Tuesday night. Craig Warhurst

Muster been a cold, wet night

IF the sound of rain on the roof puts you to sleep, you probably had a good rest on Tuesday night when the Gympie Region was drenched by heavy, fairly persistent showers.

It was enough to cause localised, minor flooding in some rivers and streams, however yesterday morning saw the rain ease.

All waterways were posted as steady or falling.

This month is shaping up as one of the district’s wettest Augusts in the past 10 years.

The weather event has a fair way to go before it reaches the epic proportions of “The Mudster” in August 2007, when the region received 224.4mm and legendary status as far as Muster-goers were concerned.

But current Muster campers said Tuesday’s overnight soaking of around 48mm seemed like a lot more when your roof is canvas.

Trenches were hastily dug, annexes relieved of their pools of water, and for those who forgot to bring them, a quick trip into Gympie was planned to pick up gumboots and umbrellas – “just in case”.

The rain is good news for the thousands of campers still to set up at the Amamoor State Forest with the dust settled and fire bans unlikely to be imposed for the duration of the music festival.

Since early Tuesday widespread 40 to 100mm falls affected a large area of Queensland, from the New South Wales border to Townsville and inland, past Emerald.

The South-East was one of the wettest areas in the state.

Brisbane had its highest 24-hour August total in 123 years and its heaviest rain since February.

Weatherzone meteorologist Brett Dutschke said it was the sort of rain more typical of late summer when moisture levels are highest.

Rain is set to clear today, however it’s expected to be quite gusty with westerlies approaching 90km/h in the South-East.

“There could be damaging winds and, because the soil has been softened by the heavy rain, trees could easily be uprooted,” Mr Dutschke said.

“Winds of up to 80 to 90 kilometres an hour are being predicted but will drop off by Thursday night.”

Late yesterday a severe weather warning was released for this area with south-west winds in excess of 90kmh forecast to hit this region early today.

Fine, cold weather is expected for the rest of the week once the winds drop..

Gympie Times


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