North West residents who were lucky enough to get under a rain cloud are rejoicing, after the skies opened up on Sunday January 12.
Rainfall totals were patchy across the region with storms caused by a surface trough moving east.
Mount Isa received a lot of wind but only a dismal 0.2mm. Meanwhile Cloncurry recorded 6mm but locals recorded up to 16mm and Julia Creek received 11mm.
Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Rosa Hoff said there was a lot of thunderstorm activity in the area.
"This weather event was caused by a number of factors, including a surface trough, moist conditions, higher dew point temperatures and instability in the atmosphere," Ms Hoff said.
"The showers were further to the north and approached the Gulf country with Burketown recording 29mm and Normanton 8mm.
Ms Hoff said there was a continued chance of showers over the next few days.
"Showers are hanging around and will contract further towards the Gulf until Wednesday. Once we are behind the surface trough conditions will then then dry up for the rest of the week," she said.
"Start of next week (Monday January 20) rain will return to the region. Closer to the Gulf they'll have a better chance of showers."
Ms Hoff said she was expecting the monsoon trough to come into effect on January 13 at the top of the peninsular but will move north.
Weekly weather forecast for Mount Isa.
Tuesday is predicted to reach a top of 41 degrees with a 30pc chance of 0.4mm.
Wednesday and Thursday are expected to reach a top of 41 degrees and 10 pc chance of rain.
Friday, conditions heat up to 43 degrees with a 10pc chance of a shower.
Over the weekend, we can predict a top of 43 degrees and a 10-20pc chance of a shower.
Lake Moondarra is currently sitting at 47 per cent, while Lake Julius is at 73.6 per cent.
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