Region welcomes the weekend visit of rain

The rain left its mark on the ground over the weekend. Leaving a nice reminder of its visit.

The rain left its mark on the ground over the weekend. Leaving a nice reminder of its visit.

Like a child that does not see its parents a lot after it moves out of home, the Whitsundays have not seen anywhere near enough rain lately, but when it comes by it is always a good thing.

This weekend there was a happy reunion for many as the clouds brought a much needed soaking with storms and showers passing through.

The rain was very welcome at Collinsville where locals were happy to see 41.2mm fall on Saturday and Sunday.

Bowen received the majority of their 60mm on Saturday as some heavy falls passed through.

Those who stayed up late Friday night in Airlie Beach were treated to a spectacular lightning show as a storm passed through the area.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, this weather was brought on by a surface trough that moved up the coast.

“There is a bit of instability above with an upper trough as well which is providing support with the uplift in a very unstable atmosphere and there is a lot of moisture in the atmosphere which is producing heavy rainfall and thunderstorms,” says Bureau forecaster Shaun Luscombe.

Forecasts for the week ahead say the rain will be around until Wednesday as it eases off before clearing into next weekend.