Townsville weather update

Date published: 27 January 2020

Steady rainfall is forecast to continue falling in and around Townsville for at least the next 24 to 48 hours, however current advice is that these falls will not be at the same level as last year’s devastating monsoon event.

Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said around 170mm of rain had fallen in the 48 hours to 9am Monday in northern parts of the city around Rollingstone and Saunders Beach.

“However, we have seen much smaller falls, around 50mm, in the dam catchment,” Cr Hill said.

“The clear advice from the Bureau is that this is a different weather system to last year’s monsoon event.

“Council officers will continue to monitor the situation and liaise with the Bureau and provide advice to Townsville residents as required.”

As of this morning, Ross River Dam was currently at 57 per cent of its full supply level, only rising by one per cent in the past 24 hours, while Paluma Dam was at 44 per cent.

“Townsville City Council remains in close contact with the Bureau of Meteorology and its advice is that steady rain will continue to fall for the next couple of days,” Cr Hill said.

“Residents wanting more information about the rain event can log on to Council’s emergency management dashboard at for the latest information and weather observations.”