Rain or shine, 2000 passengers to arrive in Gladstone

ALL bets are hedged the long awaited arrival of Gladstone's first cruise ship won't be ruined by more torrential rain.

Today the Bureau of Meteorology recorded more than 115mm rain in Gladstone and if the wet weather continues it could put a dampener on Thursday's arrival of P&O's Pacific Dawn.

But organisers Gladstone Area Promotion and Development Limited say they have faith in predictions the heavy rain will clear up in time.

GAPDL CEO Darryl Branthwaite said a few extra umbrellas had been brought in "just in case", but he's confident the sun will be shining when the 2,000 passengers step out onto East Shores.

"The weather forecasters were spot on over the weekend and we're trusting they've got it right saying the rain will have cleared up by Thursday," Mr Branthwaite said.

"Either way, the show will go on."

According to the Bureau, in Gladstone there's a 40% chance of showers on Thursday but it will still be warm for the southern visitors with a top of 31 degrees.

The passengers will be greeted by more than 70 stall holders selling unique products made in Central Queensland and a host of tour options to explore the region.