WET: Stanthorpe has received almost a months worth of rain in a week.
WET: Stanthorpe has received almost a months worth of rain in a week. John Gass

Near a month's worth of rainfall in one week

STANTHORPE has received almost a month's worth of rain over the past week, with threats of severe storms looming for the next few days.

The Leslie Pde rain gauge recorded 59mm over the past seven days, only 9mm off the October average of 68mm.

Stanthorpe in total recorded 71mm with Applethorpe receiving the second highest rainfall of 60mm, the majority falling last Thursday night and Friday morning.

Meteorologist Gordon Banks said a series of unstable lower levels and upper troughs had prime conditions to turn into severe storms.

"It means clouds can grow to great heights and they can grow big enough to grow into thunder storms... big enough for large rainfall, large hail stones or fast wind gusts.”

Storm warnings have been in place on and off for the Granite Belt since Monday, however the area has missed out on any storms so far.

The lowest reported October rainfall was 5.9mm in 1900. The highest was 238mm in 1972.

A south-easterly change today will see maximum temperatures drop over the next few days, with Saturday predicted to be the coldest day this month.

Wednesday had a high of 27 - the hottest day in October so far - whereas today is predicted to reach just 16 degrees.

"This time of year we tend not to get such a change,” Mr Banks said.

"To lose 11 degrees in one day is quite a lot.”

Looking forward, Friday and Saturday are predicted to be overcast and drizzling, reaching maximums of 14 and 13 degrees respectively.

Temperatures are expected to warm back up on Sunday with showers easing.

The lowest October maximum on record was 10.7 in 1959.

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