Storm clouds and light rain over Bundaberg.
Storm clouds and light rain over Bundaberg. Mike Knott

Rain is a relief, but not enough

BUNDABERG farmers are breathing a sigh of relief after the heavens finally opened up this week, delivering a healthy soaking of rain to the region after months of dry.

Alloway farmer John Maneera, who grows tomatoes, capsicums and macadamias, said he was pleased to finally receive some rain.

"It's been very dry," he said.

"Over the past few days we've got about 27-30mm."

Mr Maneera said the rain could not have come at a better time.

"All of the macadamias have finished flowering," he said.

"It was very good top-up rain. It stilled the dust and cleaned everything.

"But we need more to get into the ground. It's not going to stop us from watering for long, but it will help us work the ground to lay plastic for the new season."

Bundaberg Canegrowers director Allan Dingle said the lack of rain in recent months meant the sugar cane crops in the region were not growing.

"This rain was excellent," he said.

"But we haven't had enough yet - we're looking for about 50-75mm."

Mr Dingle said in order for the cane to grow, farmers needed the right mix of rain, humidity and heat.

"You've got to get a balance," he said.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Gordon Banks said more rain was likely to fall over Bundaberg in the coming days, but a trough was making the forecasts difficult.

"(Today) you can expect a fairly wet day with moderate rainfall possible," Mr Banks said.

"That will likely be the case for the first half of Thursday as well."

Mr Banks said isolated showers were also expected on Friday and Saturday.

 

LOW TEMPS

  •  The heat felt in the past few weeks is expected to be a distant memory today with a low of 18C and a top of 24C.
  •  Forecasters say some of the low figures will be record lows for the usually steamy December.


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