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Townsville City Council

Townsville is the capital of North Queensland and remains one of the fastest growing cities in the state with a population surpassing 180,000. Located about halfway between the tip of Cape York and Brisbane, Townsville stretches across 3,736 square kilometres and is nestled on the shores of Cleveland Bay.

Townsville has a dry tropical climate, with lower rainfall than elsewhere in the tropics. Average annual rainfall is 1,143mm, which mainly falls in the wet season between November and April. Our average daily temperature range is 18.8 to 28.1 degrees celcius.

Townsville is built on the natural floodplain of the Ross and Bohle Rivers and can experience localised flooding. For residents, this means living with the best and worst of our local climate. It is not uncommon to get intense and heavy rainfall in a short period of time. Water inundation in Townsville is generally caused by heavy rain from a cyclone, rain depression or king tides. This can sometimes result in local flooding to streets, yards and in extreme events, homes.

King tides usually occur in Townsville in the first few months of each year. This year the King Tides are due on 11 and 12 January and 9 February. Townsville City Council continues to monitor the effects of King Tides on low lying areas in the city like South Townsville, Railway Estate, and some streets in the CBD.

Witness King Tides is a great opportunity for the general public to collect images and information about king tide levels that will assist the council in planning for climate change, vulnerability assessment and creating resilient communities.

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