BOM predicts heavy rain, high winds and damaging surf conditions for large parts of Queensland


Heavy rain and strong winds are expected to batter large parts of Queensland over the next few days, with some areas likely to receive a month of rain tomorrow.

Parts of southern and central Queensland will bear the brunt of wet weather, while coastal regions are likely to experience damaging surf conditions with massive swells expected.

Meteorologist Felim Hanniffy said scattered showers were forecast today before conditions worsen tomorrow and the risk of thunderstorm activity increases.

“We could see falls of 10-30 millimeters in south-east Queensland with local falls of 20-50 millimeters possible around parts of the northern Maranoa and Warrego regions as well as southern parts of the Highlands of center,” Mr. Hanniffy said.

“July rainfall averages between 20 and 30 millimeters, so some of these areas could easily see a month of rain really over that 24-hour period on Thursday.

“This is all due to an upper level system moving into the far western part of the state today and then moving east Thursday and Friday which is going to combine with a trough that is currently in the above the Coral Sea.

“It will deepen this trough into a fairly deep low pressure system off the southeast coast as we move forward later in the week, particularly Friday and Saturday, so a fairly active period of weather to move through Queensland.”

Strong winds, huge swells to hit coastal regions

Mr Hanniffy said winds of up to 90 kilometers per hour and swells of up to 5 meters are expected in southeast Queensland on Friday as the system moves offshore.

“We have extended wind warnings for coastal waters and even a risk of offshore gales as this low moves south, particularly off southern parts of Capricornia waters and the southeast coast in general on Friday and for a while on Saturday,” he said.

“It’s a combination of this low pressure system off the coast and strong winds that will create the potential for dangerous surf conditions on the southeast coast from Friday and over the weekend and even a risk of damaging and significant surf conditions. so does the height of the waves.”

Mr Hanniffy said the weekend would bring respite from the harsh conditions.

“Saturday we will have a drier flow from the southwest pushing southeast, so much less cloud cover, especially around the interior parts of the state,” he said.

Scattered showers are expected today.(ABC News: Emma Pollard)

“We are likely to still have showers on some of the south-east exposed coastal fringes around the Border Ranges.

“Winds are likely to be a bit slower to subside, probably along the exposed coast you’ll still have a fairly windy south to southwest flow for much of Saturday.”


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