Kassandra Hutchison and Madison Gibson share an umbrella in Gympie yesterday to keep persistent showers at bay.
Kassandra Hutchison and Madison Gibson share an umbrella in Gympie yesterday to keep persistent showers at bay. Renee Pilcher

It's going to get worse

THE weather is just plain miserable and likely to continue that way through the weekend, according to the latest data available from the Bureau of Meteorology yesterday.

Hints of an El Nino effect in the Pacific did not seem to be bringing any of the normally dry conditions associated in this part of the world, with rising ocean temperatures.

As farmers coped with boggy conditions and urban residents kept their raincoats and umbrellas handy, the forecast was for more of the same sort of thing, with showers possibly clearing at some stage on Sunday.

"It's just showering and misty, with not a lot of rain to speak of," one Pomona resident said, "just enough to make us miserable."

Mild temperatures made yesterday more cheerful than some of our cooler recent days around the Gympie Region, as a blanket of clouds kept morning minimums in the double figures.

Cedar Pocket recorded only 4mm of rain in 24 hours to 9am yesterday, less than half the 9mm which fell the day before.

At Chatsworth, it was a similar story, with 4.5mm yesterday and 9mm the day before.

Tin Can Bay was similar, recording 3.5mm yesterday and a soaking 25mm the night before.

"And it's been misty all day," one resident said.

Elsewhere, more variation occurred, with 2.6mm at Kilkivan in 24 hours to 9am yesterday, 2.5mm at Widgee and 1mm at Wolvi, compared to a much more substantial 17mm at Rainbow Beach.

And the rain kept up during the day, with 9.6mm at Double Island Point from 9am to 4pm, 4.2mm at Gympie, 8.8mm at Jimna and 14mm at Rainbow Beach during the day.

Temperatures were mild throughout the region, ranging from 15.1 degrees at 6.22am to 21.9 at 11.46am at Gympie.

Coastal temperatures were even milder with a 6am minimum of 18.1 degrees at Double Island Point, leading up to a 9.24am maximum of 21.6 degrees.

The Bureau of Meteorology yesterday predicted more of the same today and worse tomorrow, with some hope of emerging sunshine on Sunday.

Today's forecast was for a few showers and a temperature range from 15 degrees to 24 degrees, in Gympie.

Tomorrow should see some increased rain, with isolated thunderstorms in the east.

Heavier rain tomorrow was expected to be accompanied by a temperature range of 15 degrees to 23 degrees.

Clearing showers on Sunday were expected to come with temperatures of 10 degrees in the morning, rising to 20 degrees during the day.

Conditions were then expected to continue improving with a mostly sunny day to welcome us back to work on Monday, with lower temperatures in the morning.

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