BROLLY GOOD: Little Mackensie Watson covers up from the rain. More is expected today and on the weekend, but it won’t dampen the arrival of the Pacific Pearl.
BROLLY GOOD: Little Mackensie Watson covers up from the rain. More is expected today and on the weekend, but it won’t dampen the arrival of the Pacific Pearl. Warren Lynam

Wet weather won't stop our ship's big arrival

A LITTLE rain will not put a dampener on one of the biggest tourism events in Mooloolaba's history.

The inaugural visit of P&O cruise ship the Pacific Pearl is set to dock in the popular tourist area tomorrow morning, bringing 1800 passengers to our shores.

A forecast wet weekend means the visitors are unlikely to see much sun on the Sunshine Coast, but a local tourism leader believes the area still can show our southern visitors a good time.

"The weather in Mooloolaba will be much better than the weather in Sydney and the weather will improve as they travel along the Coast," Mooloolaba Business and Tourism president Peter Foran said.

"The weather won't be any worse than it's been the past couple of days and we are so organised that I don't think the weather will have huge impact on the passengers.

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"Yes, there won't be that 'wow factor' that Mooloolaba offers, but there's so much planned that I think those events and the great lunch deals will made the day for them.

P&O; Pacific Pearl.
P&O; Pacific Pearl. Supplied

"They will be eating, drinking, shopping and just looking at our beautiful area."

The Sunshine Coast weather forecast is promising for gardeners, farmers and residents whose tanks are starting to run low after a dry few months.

Isolated showers which fell on the Sunshine Coast yesterday are forecast to continue today but rainfall is forecast to increase on the weekend.

The Bureau of Meteorology has predicted tomorrow and Sunday will be cloudy with a "very high chance of rain" and the chance of a thunderstorm on both days.

Overnight temperatures could fall as low as seven degrees and the daytime maximum is expected to sit between 14 and 19.

The forecast

  • Today: Cloudy, showers, 6-21
  • Tomorrow: Rain, possible storm, 7-18
  • Sunday: Rain, possible storm, 9-19
  • Monday: Cloudy, 5-22

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