Drier conditions set to continue well into 2015
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RELENTLESS dry weather conditions are likely to extend into 2015.
Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) forecaster Doug Fraser said 2014 had been a drier than average year for the Mackay region.
"It's been very dry over the central coast region and inland parts throughout most of the year," he said.
"There were a couple of flooding events earlier in the year with Cyclone Dylan and Cyclone Ita bringing some rainfall to the central coast, but it has been quite dry over the second half of the year.
"Mackay itself had 1088mm of rain and the long- term average is 1564mm, so it is quite dry and lower than previous years."
Mr Fraser said the region may currently expect some light rain but predicted dry weather conditions will continue well into 2015.
"There is currently a high pressure system building in the south, so we will see some south-easterly winds and some coastal showers over the next week or so," he said.
"In the long-term, there is a weak El Nino developing which means we are likely to see drier than average conditions."
Unofficial BOM figures show Mackay's annual mean maximum temperature up to November 2014 as 26.37 degrees, which is cooler than 2013 which recorded an annual mean maximum temperature of 27.2 degrees.
WHAT A YEAR:
A bit dry:
- Mackay recorded 1088mm rainfall in 2014 which is significantly lower than previous years.
- It is the lowest figure since 2005
- Mackay's long-term annual rainfall average is 1564mm.
- March was the wettest month for the Mackay area in 2014 with 233.6mm recorded.
- Rainfall in April 2014 at 138mm was significantly lower than April 2013 which recorded 310.8mm of rainfall.
- The highest monthly rainfall figure for Mackay was recorded on February 1958 at 1287.8mm.
And a bit cool:
- Mackay recorded a 2014 mean maximum temperature up to November of 26.37 degrees.
- Surprisingly 2013 recorded warmer results with a mean maximum temperature of 27.2 degrees.
- The highest monthly average maximum temperature of 33.8 degrees was recorded in December 2005.