Rainfall nears record peak
BUNDABERG'S rainfall this month looks likely to fall just a few millimetres short of the city's wettest August in history.
The standing record goes back to 1986, when 134.8mm fell.
Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Ben Annells said with 124.8mm falling so far this month he did not think the record would be broken in the few days of August remaining.
“I don't think we'll be getting much more rain for the rest of the month so the record is probably safe,” he said.
Despite missing out on a piece of history, the near-record total represents almost four times the August average of 33.3mm.
Mr Annells said the rain was expected to clear, with a possible foggy start to the day today and fine conditions for the rest of the day and tomorrow.
However, there could be a shower on Sunday afternoon and again on Monday.
While most have enjoyed the unseasonable August rain, Bundaberg Golf Course superintendent Sean Stuchbery has been watching the light showers over the past couple of days with mounting frustration.
The problem is Mr Stuchbery is trying to prepare the course for important tournaments and the rain is hampering his progress.
“The process is we put filterpress on the fairways,” he said.
“When the filterpress dries it's almost like sand and we can then spread it and water it in.”
However, the recent light rain has kept the filterpress too damp to be watered in but the rain has not been heavy enough to water it in.
“We're running a bit behind schedule now,” he said.
“I just need a couple of sunny days to dry out the filterpress.”
Mr Stuchbery said the rain gauge at the golf course recorded falls totalling 6mm over Tuesday night and another 6mm to 6am yesterday morning.
Mr Annells said as spring approached frequent changes in weather conditions were common.
“The coldest maximum for August was back in 2005 when the top temperature on August 12 was 11 degrees,” he said.
“But last year on August 30 the temperature hit 31 degrees.”
While the temperature struggled to break 14 degrees yesterday, Mr Annells said it would probably hit about 23 degrees today.