Gordon Woods has been using tank water to water his vegetable patch this month. November has averaged 0.2mm of rain. The weather is due to change mid week.
Gordon Woods has been using tank water to water his vegetable patch this month. November has averaged 0.2mm of rain. The weather is due to change mid week. Claudia Baxter

Wet weather on the way

RELIEF is finally in sight after a scorching hot and bone dry start to November.

Ipswich has seen barely a drop of rain for the entire month, with Amberley weather station recording just 0.2mm on November 14.

Consistent hot, dry winds have also contributed to temperatures that have exceeded the average maximum for 17 days out of the past 21 - including a stifling 36.9 on November 15.

It has been a similar story across the south-east corner of Queensland, with Brisbane also recording its driest start to November on record, following 19 consecutive days without rain.

While it has been ideal weather for those lucky enough to be hitting the beaches, gardeners like Brassall resident Gordon Woods have been forced to dig deep into their tank water supplies to keep the vegies from shrivelling up into brown dust.

"I've been watering the tomatoes and pumpkins twice a week just to keep them going," he said.

"I would have been in dire straits without those tanks."

The relaxing of water restrictions has also come at a good time for local green thumbs who have toughed out the dry spell.

Even with this week's forecast showers, the city could be hard pressed to catch up with the monthly average rainfall figure of 81.4mm.

Showers and a possible storm were forecast for tomorrow evening, with rain and showers predicted to continue until at least Sunday.

The Weather Channel meteorologist Tom Saunders said the ongoing La Nina in the Pacific Ocean was still expected to bring above average rainfall this summer.

"We could even see rain during the last week of November could be heavy throughout Queensland with potential for 50mm over some western regions," he said.

The Bureau of Meteorology expects temperatures to remain in the low 30s for Ipswich until tomorrow, with winds blowing from the north-west and fire danger to remain high.

Thursday's rain should knock the maximum back to the mid 20s.

Daytime temperatures will return to the high 20s in time for the weekend.



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