Dalby to experience ‘severe heatwave’ after rainfall
THIS time last year, Dalby was suffering through its driest January in 139 years, having only had 0.2mm of rain in the whole month.
But over the weekend, the region had some reprieve from the drought with rain and storms over four days.
Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Kimba Wong told the Herald Dalby received 66 millimetres between Thursday and Sunday.
Dalby’s Myall Creek overflowed on Sunday after reaching full capacity.
Jandowae Dam has also reached full capacity, and Lake Broadwater has now begun filling up after being bone dry for close to 12 months.
The dry conditions will be set to return this week, however, as the town braces for a different set of weather events to the refreshing rain over the weekend.
“The main thing that’s happening this week is that it’s starting to heat up a touch,” Miss Wong said.
“For the area we’re starting to see lower temps lead to reaching severe heatwave conditions building through this week.”
Dalby will experience temperatures in the mid- to high-30s through the middle of this week, with some scattered showers hoped to arrive around the middle of the week.
Temperatures are expected to reach 36 and 37 in Dalby and Chinchilla around Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, with even minimum temperatures reaching an above-average 23 degrees in the middle of the week.
“I would encourage people to keep up to date with Queensland health advice on how to beat the heat,” Miss Wong said.
“They advise people to keep as cool as you can, stay hydrated and especially check on people who might be more vulnerable to the heat – the elderly, kids, and pets as well.”