Winter rain out west

Rare August rain for north west Queensland

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Julia Creek, Mount Isa and Cloncurry were treated to some rare August rain, with the towns recording more than their average monthly rainfall in just one day.

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Parts of the north enjoyed some handy rain this week.

Parts of the north enjoyed some handy rain this week.

JULIA Creek, Mount Isa and Cloncurry were treated to some rare August rain, with the towns recording more than their average monthly rainfall in just one day.

While Thursday's totals would barely have settled the dust in many locations, it was welcome regardless.

Mount Isa aerodrome received 4.8mm in the 24 hours to 9am, which was more than the monthly August average rainfall of 3.4mm

In Julia Creek they received 5mm when the monthly average is 3.8mm, while Cloncurry recorded 18mm, when the August average is 3.2mm.

Charters Towers received 7mm to 9a this morning, while areas around Bowen recorded closer to 20mm.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Rosa Hoff said most of the rain had dissipated and there was a low chance of showers continuing on the weekend.

"A large upper trough is moving over Queensland and has been since Thursday, and a surface trough developed on the eastern coastal fringe in response to the upper trough is what brought showers and a few thunderstorms into the late morning," Ms Hoff said.

"The majority of that rainfall has cleared off through late this morning and afternoon, and there will be generally clear conditions."

Ms Hoff said the cloudy conditions had kept overnight minimum temperatures well above average for this time of year.

Townsville was 6C above the average August minimum of 14.7C, dropping to just 21C last night.

She said Hughenden and Richmond were 9C above average overnight and areas including Charters Towers, Ayr, Bowen, Collinsville, Alva Beach and Proserpine were all 8C above average.

But the warmer conditions will not remain.

Ms Hoff said there was no chance of rain in the Townsville area through to Thursday and it would be quite cold with clear air from the southern states pushing up.

"This will drop the minimum temperatures down next week, and it will be pretty chilly overnight with a minimum of 12C on Tuesday in Townsville.

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