Mount Isa and North West towns receive first Spring rainfall

The pitter patter of raindrops was a welcome sound in Mount Isa on Saturday as we received our first rainfall since July.

The cloud cover dropped temperatures, cooled down the wildlife and kept kids amused.


According to the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) Mount Isa boasted nearly 40ml of rainfall on Saturday, starting just after noon. By 2pm the gauge was up to 22ml, where it stayed until 11pm.

A second downpour overnight brought the level up to 39.2ml by 2am on Sunday.

Camooweal had to wait until Saturday evening for its 0.6ml of rain, building overnight to reach a total of 7.4ml by 4am Sunday.

Cloncurry enjoyed a short burst of rain between 5pm and 6pm, rising to 5.4ml.

In Julia Creek the scene was similar, graced with a sprinkling of rain at 7.30pm bringing the guage up to 5.2ml.

There was no rain to speak of in Richmond, Burketown, and Normanton.


The forecast for Mount Isa this week starts sunny, with a chance of a thunderstorm on Thursday and more rain heading into the weekend.

On Tuesday expect sunny weather with some cloud and just a 10 per cent chance of rain. Light winds becoming northeasterly 15 to 20 km/h in the morning, then becoming light in the evening. Today’s high is 39 degrees.

Wednesday turns deceptively sunny with a high of 39 again and no hint of rain whatsoever. Light winds become southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h in the late evening.

Thursday starts to get interesting with winds building and the slight (20 per cent) chance of a shower in the afternoon and evening, even bringing the chance of a thunderstorm. Southeasterly winds travelling 25 to 30 km/h tending south to southeasterly during the morning. 39 degrees remains the high.

Showers will start to develop on Friday, October 13, with a 40 per cent chance of showers in the afternoon and evening. Winds southeasterly 20 to 25 km/h becoming light during the day then becoming south to southeasterly during the evening.

A partly cloudy Saturday brings a 30 per cent chance of a shower, with a high of 37 degrees. Winds east to southeasterly 20 to 30 km/h tending southeast to southwesterly during the day.

Sunday looks similar; partly cloudy, slight chance of a shower, winds southeasterly 25 to 30 km/h tending easterly during the morning.

Next Monday, October 16, the high drops to 34 degrees. Partly cloudy, with a 40 per cent chance of showers. Light winds becoming easterly 15 to 20 km/h later.