Heavy showers set for hinterland


The hinterland will be spared the brunt of extreme rainfall across Queensland as the Bureau of Meteorology warned of very wet conditions over the coming days with renewed flooding possible.

Falls of up to 60mm are being forecast the hinterland from Wednesday next week, with up to 20mm falling this weekend in Maleny.

Meteorologist Shane Kennedy said showers are forecast in central Queensland and the eastern districts today, particularly about the North Tropical Coast and the southeast, with rainfall increasing in other regions over the weekend.

“Eastern districts south of Charters Towers have a chance of thunderstorms today,” Mr Kennedy said.

“Possible severe thunderstorms with heavy rainfall and damaging wind gusts are possible between Carmila and Noosa. 

Rainfall will increase over eastern and northeastern Queensland over the weekend, with a chance of thunderstorms across a broad area north of the Sunshine Coast.

“Widespread significant heavy falls are possible from Tuesday over eastern and central Queensland as an upper trough and strong high combine to draw moisture well inland.

“Some locations could potentially see their highest May rainfall on record during this event.”

Meanwhile, flooding continues for a number of catchments in central and southwestern Queensland with many roads cut and properties isolated.

“Major flooding continues around Windorah as flood waters slowly move downstream,” Mr Kennedy said.

“A Strong Wind Warning will continue in the southeast Gulf of Carpentaria over the next few days, as a new ridge extends across western Queensland. This could also develop about the Sunshine Coast waters from Sunday. 

“Temperatures in southern Queensland will cool slightly over the weekend in the wake of the trough but are not expected to be cool enough for frost, with the coldest air not likely to reach Queensland.”

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