Whilst the Queensland North Tropical Coast has been deluged by heavy monsoonal rains, parts of Western Australia have not seen a single drop of rain.
So far this month, Innisfail on the North Tropical Coast of Queensland, has received 795 mm of rain. For means of juxtaposition, this exceeds the annual average rainfall for Perth, which is 743 mm. The extremely soggy conditions are expected to ease during the coming week, as the monsoonal trough weakens over the region.
On the other side of the country, the weather stations at Perth, Geraldton and Bunbury have all not seen a drop of rain. According to the long-term records, January is the second driest month of the year for southwest WA, and this month is currently conforming with the historical average.
With no signs of any significant precipitation over the next seven days for the southwest, the dry start to 2017 continues.
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15:39 AEDT Queensland may see its first tropical cyclone in two years in coming days, although the situation is still hard to call.