Wet month on cards

WEATHERZONE meteorologist Brett Dutschke is predicting a good chance of showers every day for the rest of the month, with an increase from early next week.

"It's not looking like much rain between now and Monday, but this coming week there is going to be a surge of southeasterly winds merging with northeasterly winds," Mr Dutschke said.

"Those converging winds will bring one day of potentially heavy rain."

Mr Dutschke said it was possible that coastal areas would get more than 50mm in one or two days.

"I wouldn't be surprised if some areas claim 50mm to 100mm," he said, adding that temperatures on Australia Day on Thursday looked likely to reach a maximum of 26 degrees Celsius with a chance of showers.

"I imagine by that time showers should be easing," he said.

"That heavy burst early next week should be on its way out by Australia Day."

Recent rain has been caused by a low pressure system that's formed off Fraser Island.

The low has since weakened and is moving to the southeast.

This month's rainfall figures to date are still a long way off the highest daily rainfall figure on record for Gympie, which was 336mm on February 22, 1992.

At January 20 last year, Gympie had received 412.4mm - during the deluge that created the state's flood crisis.

The wettest January in Gympie since records began in 1870, was 601.5mm in 1895.

Rain for the Gympie area this year is 66.8mm, most of which (40.8mm) came on Tuesday, January 17.

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