Dams are empty at the property of Pacific Haven resdients Jim and Louise Moore. They say it's the most consistent period of hot, dry weather they have experienced since moving to the area in 1999.
Dams are empty at the property of Pacific Haven resdients Jim and Louise Moore. They say it's the most consistent period of hot, dry weather they have experienced since moving to the area in 1999. Contributed

Region suffering its driest January in seven years

THE Fraser Coast has endured its driest January in seven years.

Weatherzone meteorologist Ben McBurney said the region's last big dry was January 2007.

Mr McBurney said Hervey Bay recorded only 18 millimetres of rain, well short of the 158 millimetre average.

Maryborough also fell short of its 166 millimetre average, recording just 35 millimetres.

Mr McBurney said temperatures in Hervey Bay were average January numbers throughout the month.

He said temps in February would also be fairly typical.

"We're going to see temps in Maryborough averaging 31 degrees," he said.

"Thirty degrees in Hervey Bay."

People on the Fraser Coast should keep their umbrellas handy this week because Mr Burney is predicting "risk of showers" every day.

He said Maryborough and Hervey Bay should expect heavier rainfall later in the week.

If you're heading out on the water, the Bureau of Meteorology is predicting south-easterly winds in Hervey Bay to reach about 20 knots and seas to swell up to 1.5m on Monday.

Tuesday's outlook is much the same but Wednesday will see the south-easterly winds reach about 30 knots and seas to swell up to 2.5m.

Visit www.bom.gov.au for the latest updates.