Windhum Farms employee Bryan Turco was pleased to see the recent rain, although it was nowhere near enough.
Windhum Farms employee Bryan Turco was pleased to see the recent rain, although it was nowhere near enough.

A sprinkle but it's not enough

THE recent sprinkling of rain was just enough to wash the dust off Darren Zunker’s sweet potato plants.

At his Windermere farm, Mr Zunker was lucky to get the best of the weather, receiving a pick-me-up in two dramatic downpours over the weekend.

It meant that he did not have to irrigate his land before planting his next crops — but he cannot count on further rainfall in the near future.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Tony Auden said while it was pouring down further north, Bundaberg would be lucky to get a few drops this week.

But the region will not quite be left high and dry, with several small showers predicted to wet the whistle of growers and gardeners alike.

“There will be a shower or two (on Tuesday), most likely in the morning,” Mr Auden said.

“The coastal showers will ease on Wednesday as the wet weather moves inland.

“There will be up to five millimetres here and there, but not much more.”

He said Bundaberg was likely to be looking at blue skies once more by Thursday.

Temperatures are trending upwards slightly as summer arrives, with Mr Auden predicting a run of fine, 28-degree days towards the end of the week.

Despite the slightly damper conditions, the fire ban in Bundaberg and the North Burnett has been extended until midnight on Monday.

Queensland Fire and Rescue Bundaberg rural operations manager Tony Johnstone said the region was not out of the woods yet, with tinderbox conditions still evident.

“People need to be vigilant still,” Mr Johnstone said.

“It is still so dry — the rain has been patchy so some places have had rain and others haven’t.”

He said the drizzly days would temporarily dampen down some areas, but would also encourage weed species to grow, increasing the risk of grassfires later on.

“There is plenty of potential for danger still,” Mr Johnstone said.

Peter Hollier, Queensland Fire and Rescue Service North Coast’s regional manager of rural operations, said fire bans remained in force for Bundaberg and North Burnett.

“Fire bans have been put in place and reflect the current conditions,” Mr Hollier said.

“A small amount of rain has little impact on the overall picture and to light fires in these conditions is hazardous.”

Weather details
  • BOM recorded 14.8mm of rain on Saturday for Bundaberg, with a further 1.2mm falling between Sunday and Monday.
  • Further showers are expected today and tomorrow, before drying up on Thursday.
  • Temperatures are expected to rise to about 28 degrees by the end of the week.


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