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Outback soaks not long after sizzling

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Almost 58mm of rain fell on Winton in the 24-hours to 9am Monday.

Almost 58mm of rain fell on Winton in the 24-hours to 9am Monday. Photo: Andrew Quilty

The drought-hit Queensland town of Winton has sizzled and soaked in just one month.

Only five weeks after enduring 46 degree temperatures, the beef cattle town about 200km north of Longreach has seen rain, and lots of it.

Almost 58mm of rain fell on the town in Queensland’s central west in the 24-hours to 9am on Monday.

It’s good news, considering that Winton has been drought declared since June last year.

Another drought-declared town, Richmond, received 48mm of rain during the same period while Charleville, in the drought-hit Murweh region, copped 26mm of rain.

‘‘This rainfall event is probably one of the more useful ones they’ve had during recent months because it has been so dry out in those far inland parts,’’ the Bureau of Meteorology’s Brisbane media liaison officer Ken Kato told AAP.

‘‘This particular event is caused by lots of tropical moisture feeding in from the northwest and northeast and that’s getting lifted by a slow-moving inland trough.’’

Inland and northern parts of Queensland can expect 25 to 50mm of rainfall from the middle of this week, with areas south of the Gulf of Carpentaria set to receive heavier falls of 150mm.

‘‘It’s probably going to be pretty welcome rainfall out there: as to whether it will break the drought, it’s a matter of wait and see,’’ Mr Kato said.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Monday wrapped up a two-day tour of drought affected communities in NSW and Queensland.

He will inform a federal cabinet meeting about a drought assistance package in Canberra on Monday afternoon.

AAP

1 comment so far

  • A teaspoon of rain doesn't break a drought. Granted "god" was there at the time, but follow up soaking rains over the next 6 months are required. Dig down an inch and it will be dry as a bone, even after the rain.

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    Peter
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    Sunshine Coast
    Date and time
    February 17, 2014, 2:35PM

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