Queensland widespread rainfall continues

MA
By Meg Anderson
November 24 2021 - 6:00am
Cloudy skies across Queensland as storms continue to roll

Queenslanders can expect more wet weather this week, with showers and thunderstorms expected to continue through most parts of western, central, and southern districts.

According to BoM meteorologist Helen Reid, yesterday's shower activity in south east Queensland brought some very high totals, with Brisbane itself receiving 121mm - the highest November rainfall recorded for a day in the 23 years of data at that particular location.

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Other places including Rocky Point Sugar Mill, Forestdale, and Greenbank, also had the highest rainfall for November during the course of yesterday, with Eagle Farm recording the highest in the state with 142mm.

Showers were also about further up the coast at Mackay, with Paget picking up 81mm.

"Today we will see those cloudy skies across all of Queensland with showers and thunderstorms extending through most of the state," Ms Reid said.

"A few of the thunderstorms may be severe with the potential for heavy rainfall and maybe some damaging winds, particularly in the western part of the state, and possibly some of the southern interior."

Ms Reid said humidity and moisture was being drawn into a trough over Central Australia, and during the course of tomorrow this trough would move the focal point into Queensland itself.

"This will give rise to even more widespread rainfall and more thunderstorms with the expectation of heavy rainfall and damaging wind gusts, particularly through western, central and southern Queensland," she said.

"As the trough system continues to move east during the course of Thursday and Friday, we'll see a gradual clearing trend from the south-west of the state, however, that shifts the focus of rainfall to the coastal and eastern districts by the time we get to Friday, and the weekend."

Ms Reid said with the flood warnings and flood watches issued through parts of western and southern Queensland, and the expectation of significant rainfall in the coming days, rivers would be expected to rise again.

"Keep an eye out on the BOM website or app for updates to the warnings, particularly for flooding in the rivers and the potential for sever thunderstorms with heavy rainfall and damaging winds," she said.

Showers and thunderstorms are expected to persist through eastern and northern districts over the weekend and into the new week.

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