Rain brings little relief for Qld drought

By AAP Newswire

Rainfall of up to 80mm in some parts of Queensland are a welcome sight but the weather bureau says they're well short of breaking the drought ravaging the state.

Showers and inland storms have rolled through Queensland in the past 24 hours dumping falls of 82mm west of Maryborough, 44mm at Richmond, west of Townsville, and 16mm in Brisbane.

But Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Jonathan How says much of the state is still suffering from rainfall deficiencies.

"It's welcome news for many communities but it is very important to remember 2019 was a very dry year for many regions and these regions will be carrying over these rainfall deficiencies," Mr How.

"We will need a lot more rain to make up for this."

He said next month is shaping up to be hotter and drier than usual.

"Unfortunately the outlook for the next few weeks and into February as well is that it will be much drier and warmer than usual."

Mr How said the monsoon was responsible for rainfall over the east coast of Australia.