Weekly rainfall update + rain outlook 31 January 2024

Bureau of Meteorology, January 31, 2024

SEVERE tropical cyclone Kirrily made landfall on the north Queensland coast as a Category 2 system on the evening of January 25 between Townsville and Ingham before being downgraded to a tropical low as it moved south-west towards inland Qld.

Ex-tropical cyclone Kirrily remained slow moving over Qld, feeding tropical moisture across central and south-eastern areas of the state and north-eastern New South Wales, bringing heavy rain and thunderstorms.

Monsoonal conditions continued to impact the tropical north during the week and brought days of heavy rainfall and flooding to the Northern Territory, Qld and Western Australia.

Weekly rainfall totals of 50-100mm were recorded in areas across Qld, north-eastern NSW, northern areas of the NT, north-western and central parts of WA and western Tasmania.

Weekly rainfall totals of 100-200mm were recorded in isolated pockets of central, western and northern Qld, the Top End of the NT including small pockets in western and eastern areas, and north-western and central parts of WA.

Weekly rainfall totals greater than 200mm were recorded along some coastal areas of the northern tropics.

The highest weekly rainfall total at a Bureau rain gauge was 392mm at Kalumburu in WA, which also recorded the highest daily rainfall of 182mm in the 24 hours to 9am on January 23.




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