More rain predicted this week

RAINFALL for January this year is way down on the same month last year, according to The Queensland Times'rain watchers in Ipswich.

Redbank watcher Rhyl Wilson recorded 67mms in January, about a third on last year's monthly total.

“We had 167mm last year and 18 days of rain,” Ms Wilson said.

“This year we've had 60mm and eight days of rain.”

Ms Wilson only recorded 2mm of rain yesterday.

Doug Jesberg, of Bundamba, said his 74mm total in January was a big drop on last year's 144mm total.

“There's been showers but not much in them,” he said.

At the weekend he recorded about 10mm.

Laidley was significantly wetter than Ipswich in January.

Rain watcher Walter Kowaltzke said his January total was 130mm.

“Most of that, 114mm, fell in the last 10 days of the month,” he said.

“I think last year's January, we had around the same.”

At the weekend, little rain fell at Laidley.

“We did have good rain for the last week,” Mr Kowaltzke said.

“Our Laidley Creek is running beautifully.”

More rain is on the way this week, with the Bureau of Meteorology predicting showers until Thursday.

Maximum temperatures will hover between 29 and 31 degrees. Combined dam levels were up to 45.58 per cent on Thursday, with Somerset Dam reaching 90.83 per cent.

In the first week since the end of school holidays south-east Queensland residents reduced their average daily water consumption to 135 litres per person.



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