Forecast predicts hot, wet weather

FRUIT and vegetable growers looking for a respite from the rain of the past few weeks had their hopes dashed Monday.

The wet weather is set to continue until at least Thursday, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

Duty forecaster Terry Erbs said the short-term forecast was for showers and thunderstorms, with some rain at times.

Falls could be expected to be moderate to locally heavy.

Mr Erbs said Queensland’s weather was being dominated by a trough across the western part of the state that was bringing unstable air to the east.

“Showers, rain areas and storms are the predictions for the eastern half of Queensland over the next 24 to 48 hours and beyond,” he said.

Mr Erbs said there was a surface trough in the interior and an upper trough further west, and the combination of the two was causing the unstable weather system hanging over the state.

The upper trough was slow moving and would ensure showers and rain areas would persist until Thursday, when it would move out of the area on to the central coast.

However, south-easterly winds would continue to bring showers to Bundaberg.

Mr Erbs said the warm weather coupled with rain was typical in Queensland at this time of year, and could persist into March.

He said the forecast for the next few weeks would include terms such as hot, sultry, unsettled and unstable.

The outlook for Saturday and Sunday is for a few showers on the coast.

Keep up-to-date with the latest weather information for Bundaberg.

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