Coast withers under dry spell, little relief in sight

Below average rainfall predicted for till the end of January
Below average rainfall predicted for till the end of January Paul Donaldson BUN061116HOT3

THE Sunshine Coast is on track for the driest November in history.

Bureau of Meteorology meteorologist Vinord Anand said the region had only had an average 38.6mm rain this month so far.

The average for November is 96.4mm.

Unless predicted rain materialises for the end of the week, we could see some parts of the region experience the driest November on record.

Mr Anand said the lowest November rainfall for Maroochydore's history was 16.2mm and that was in 1994.

So far this month Maroochydore has recorded 6.6mm of rain, way below the 83.6mm November average.

Beerburrum has had 34.4mms this month so far, well below the 115.6mm average for November.

"Generally speaking, we are looking at every location well below the average," Mr Anand said.

"There is a good chance of rain on Thursday or Friday with a system moving in from the west, but it doesn't look like a lot of rainfall.

"It looks around 10 to 15mm in that area."

While South East Queensland's dam levels have dropped over the long dry spell, they remain high at 77%.

The Sunshine Coast's main water supply dam, Baroon Pocket, was at 62.9%, which was higher than North Pine which it feeds into via the northern interconnector pipeline.

North Pine's dam level was at 59.4%.

The rainfall outlook for the rest of summer doesn't look very positive for gardens and swimming pools.

"We were expecting November to be a dry sort of month, with average to below average rainfall," Mr Anand said.

"December doesn't look like it will change a lot either.

"If we look at November, December and January together, there is below 50% chance of getting above average rainfall.

"There is a high chance it is going to be dry."

Topics:  bureau of meteorology dam levels dry conditions weather

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