The O.O. Madsen Bridge under water, soon after sunrise on the morning of the first flood.
The O.O. Madsen Bridge under water, soon after sunrise on the morning of the first flood. Gerard Walsh

Floods gone but not forgotten

THIS time last year Warwickites were mopping up the mess of 7.9m floodwaters which had just started to recede - with no idea there was more to come.

A year after the floods, the Rose City has slowly but surely started to recover and despite early warnings, storm season has so far delivered well below average rainfall for the month of December, Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Bryan Rolstone said.

Mr Rolstone said Warwick had only had 65.6mm of rain so far this month and would probably miss out on hitting the December average of 111.6mm with fine weather on the cards until Sunday.

"The storms have shifted north and inland," he said.

"And the only storm activity (for the rest of the month) will be west."

He said it was in stark contrast to last year when this month's total rainfall fell in a 24-hour-period.

Mr Rolstone said last year also boasted the highest December rainfall on record with the Rose City copping 289mm in the month - which helped send the Condamine River to a surging 7.9m on December 27 before creeping back down for the clean-up to commence.

But Mr Rolstone said Warwick wasn't out of the woods yet with the summer still expected to be wetter than average.

"Rain fall will increase even though this month you are a little bit down you may still pick it up through January and February," he said.

Mr Rolstone said the rest of this week would bring cooler than average minimums but maximums temperatures would be on par with the December average.

"They will be about 29 degrees, maybe one below average at 28 degrees," he said.


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