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Farmers cross their fingers for predicted weekend rain

Forecasters predict rain for the Western Downs this weekend.
Forecasters predict rain for the Western Downs this weekend. Grant Rolph

DROUGHT-WEARIED Western Downs farmers are looking to the skies with hope this weekend after predictions of a long-awaited drenching.

Bureau of Meteorology forecasters have cautiously predicted potential falls across the region of between 20mm and 50mm from today through to Sunday.

Brigalow grain and cattle farmers Beth and Bruce Head considered themselves lucky to have even planted their wheat and barley crops this season.

For a profitable harvest, Mrs Head said a timely good soaking this weekend would be "just fantastic".

But she admitted they would not be getting their hopes up.

"To be honest, at the moment I tune out to the weather forecast to avoid disappointment," she said.

"It's been too much of a rollercoaster with the extremes of flood and drought in the region.

"It just seems to be one thing after another. t would be lovely to think that all areas would receive rain, but it's the consistency of weather that we really need."

A BOM spokesperson said tomorrow and Saturday should have farmers smiling, with heavier rain predicted as well as potential storms on Saturday.

The spokesperson said the unusually heavy August rain would clear by Sunday and showers might return late next week.

Temperatures would remain in the mid-to-high teens with temperate overnight temperatures thanks to heavy cloud cover.

The last decent rainfall for parts of the Western Downs was in late March this year.

The Fabian family in Boonarga recorded six inches of "drought-breaking" rain on their parched property.

The rain wiped out their ready-to-harvest sorghum crop at the same time it filled their near-empty dam.

More than 70% of Queensland is drought-declared.

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