Farmers on the Atherton Tablelands, west of Cairns, are looking to the skies and hoping for a large downpour to help fill up Tinaroo Falls Dam, ahead of this weekend’s heatwave.Key points:Tinaroo Dam has dropped to 55 per centTree stumps and island have begun to emerge as water levels dropFalling water levels come as BOM predicts severe heatwave for parts of Far North The major irrigation source and recreational hotspot has dropped to 55 per cent capacity.Sandy islands have begun appearing in the middle of the dam and tree stumps, usually well under the water, are clearly visible.While it is not the lowest the dam has ever dropped — the record low is 23 per cent and was set in 2003 — president of FNQ Growers Joe Moro said the situation was far from ideal.Farmers are hoping Tinaroo Dam spills again, as it did in April last year.(Photographer: Rae Allen)”We’re always concerned about the level of the dam and it’s something that I watch on a daily basis,” Mr Moro said.”We know that it will rain, how much rain is always debateable and being a La Niña event we are hoping that the dam will fill up before we get to April or May next year.”In February 2018, the dam dropped to 36 per cent.Water service provider SunWater was forced to put a 6-knot speed limit in place for watercraft, due to the risk of underwater hazards caused by trees as the lake levels fell. The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting heatwave conditions in some parts of Far North Queensland this weekend.The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting a severe heatwave for parts of Far North Queensland this weekend.(Supplied: Bureau of Meteorology)Residents at the tip of Cape York will experience “extreme” heatwave conditions with temperatures to reach the mid 40s.The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting “severe” heatwave conditions for residents along the western side of Cape York, including Weipa.Posted 1dday agoRelated Stories
Farmers on the Atherton Tablelands are looking to the skies and hoping for a downpour to help fill up Tinaroo Falls Dam ahead of soaring temperatures.