Tweed catches up on rains

ALL it took was 24-hours and the Tweed was awash with six-months worth of rain yesterday.

Overnight, an average of 140 millimetres fell throughout the Tweed Shire, more than the thirsty area has received over the whole of the past six months.

Cabarita got the lion's share of rain with 190mm recorded overnight in the town which recently escaped destruction from a large bushfire.

Next in line was Murwillumbah with 172mm, Coolangatta with 141mm, Tweed Heads with 131mm, Kingscliff with 123mm and Banora Point with 121mm.

Since April, the shire has received only 139mm of rain, putting it in a dangerous fire position and threatening the livelihoods of farmers.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster John Gardener said an upper level disturbance in the atmosphere could be the reason for the welcome downfall.

"It is a combination of a moist low northeasterly air stream and an upper trough that has caused instability in the atmosphere," he said.

"This is expected to continue on and off perhaps through to Thursday."

Mr Gardener said unfortunately rain did not attract rain, meaning we wouldn't be guaranteed more around the corner.

"The likelihood of rain is improved if weather patterns set-up like an El Nino. Otherwise you just have to wait," he said.

"We had an idea this rain was coming because some models did dig it up last week, but they were a little inconsistent on when exactly it would come."

Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms are predicted for Wednesday and Thursday.

Meanwhile, the rain has not prompted the Rural Fire Service to lift its ban on fire permits. The organisation expects fires will continue to be banned for a few more days.

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