South Bank is one of the best places to watch the fireworks in Brisbane City on New Year’s Eve.
South Bank is one of the best places to watch the fireworks in Brisbane City on New Year’s Eve.

Rain threatens to dampen the NYE fun - if you're in SEQ

PARTYGOERS are being reminded to take an umbrella tomorrow night with rain threatening to dampen New Year's Eve celebrations around southeast Queensland.

The Bureau of Meteorology forecasts a 70 per cent chance of showers to move through Brisbane and the Gold Coast as early as tomorrow morning.

Brisbane revellers should be spared for the first fireworks show at 8.30pm with rain expected to clear by early evening.

Bureau meteorologist James Thompson said the band of rain was likely to shift to the Wide Bay region by midnight.

NYE_Revellers pictured here in Brisbane City during fireworks celebration to ring in 2016. Pictures: Jack Tran
NYE_Revellers pictured here in Brisbane City during fireworks celebration to ring in 2016. Pictures: Jack Tran

"There is a chance of showers and storms across southeast Queensland on Sunday," he said. "At this stage, it looks to pass through late morning through to the evening and by midnight will shift further north ... to the Wide Bay/ Burnett region."

A top of 33C is expected in Brisbane on Sunday, while further north temperatures are expected to remain relatively warm.

Mr Thompson said towns north of Rockhampton were shaping up for a mostly fine evening with maximum temperatures of around 33C.

"(It's) not bad weather at all," he said. "It's going to be mostly fine for anywhere north of Rocky."

Shannon Bowyer and her dog Koda at Bramwell Station in Cape York. Picture: Nigel Hallett
Shannon Bowyer and her dog Koda at Bramwell Station in Cape York. Picture: Nigel Hallett

NORTH WAITS FOR DOWNPOUR

Meanwhile, Cape York cattle scruffing queen Shannon Bowyer is eyeing the sky for some sign of a normal wet season.

"Usually by now it'd be belting down,'' the 27-year-old roadhouse boss told The Courier-Mail. "But it's very dry. It seems like the weather is upside down these days."

Ms Bowyer's family owns Australia's most northern pastoral property, and runs a cattle and tourism operation with about 3000 head of livestock on the 136,864ha Bramwell Station, 270km from the tip of Cape York.

They have just bought the 90,000ha Strathleven property with 30km of frontage to the Palmer River in the lower Cape for $3.5 million as insurance against another failed wet season in the tropical north. This is in an area where average rainfall is 2.1m a year.

During the wet, the Bramwell Station homestead can be isolated for up to three months by swollen rivers and boggy tracks.

The Bureau of Meteorology predicts scorching 40C-plus temperatures on Cape York in coming days - with no rain relief in sight. Despite a La Nina system, it is still "unfavourable conditions for the onset of the Australian monsoon season'', the bureau says.

La Nina is associated with above-average rainfall, more cyclones and an earlier onset of monsoon season. This event is "atypical".

"There will be some showers and storms across Queensland by Tuesday that may produce moderate rainfall,'' meteorologist James Thompson said. "But we are a long way from calling the start of the wet season."

The Bureau of Meteorology forecasts a 70 per cent chance of showers to move through Brisbane and the Gold Coast as early as tomorrow morning.

Brisbane revellers should be spared for the first fireworks show at 8.30pm with rain expected to clear by early evening.

Bureau meteorologist James Thompson said the band of rain was likely to shift to the Wide Bay region by midnight.

"There is a chance of showers and storms across southeast Queensland on Sunday," he said. "At this stage, it looks to pass through late morning through to the evening and by midnight will shift further north ... to the Wide Bay/Burnett region."

A top of 33C is expected in Brisbane on Sunday, while further north temperatures are expected to remain relatively warm.

Mr Thompson said towns north of Rockhampton were shaping up for a mostly fine evening with maximum temperatures of around 33C.

"(It's) not bad weather at all," he said. "It's going to be mostly fine for anywhere north of Rocky."



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