Minor storm activity not expected to break heatwave


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SO CLOSE: Storms are expected to pass around the Mossman and Port Douglas areas. Image: BOM.

The temperatures in the Douglas Shire region have failed to break any records with the mercury tipping a high of 36 degrees at 10.30 this morning.

The highest temperature recorded for the region was 38.8 degrees on 17 February 2016 at the Low Isle Lighthouse.

Some storm activity has been spotted in the areas north of Mossman and south of Port Douglas but the Bureau of Meteorology say the townships will miss out.

BOM Meteorologist Kimba Wong said the current storm activity might provide some rain to Mossman and Port Douglas but not a significant amount. 

“There are storms really close but it’s difficult to say how much rain there will be,” she said.

“The areas under the storm will get some at least and there may be isolated rain up to 20mm but it will be likely be less in most places.”

The Douglas Region is expected to see some storm activity tomorrow and residents are encouraged to keep an eye on the BOM’s weather warnings.

“For tomorrow, we do have storms forecast for this region,” Ms Wong said.

“The coastal and northern districts all the way up the cape may see thunderstorms tomorrow.

 “They are moving quickly so I’m not sure how long they will last or if there will be any significant rain totals, but there will be possible damaging winds.

“The storms are not expected to last through Thursday and Friday but keep an eye on the radar and keep an eye on the severe storm warnings on the BOM website.

Ms Wong said, despite the storm activity, the high temperatures will likely continue into next week.

“Temperatures around Cooktown and that area are expected to reach the mid to high thirties into next week with persistent westerly winds bringing hot temperatures all the way along the coast,” she said. 



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