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A soggy start to the week for eastern QLD

Kim Westcott, Monday October 2, 2017 - 06:54 AEDT

It has been a long time between drinks for the parched state of Queensland, but finally some places will see a solid soaking.

A deep low pressure trough which has been making its way across the country over the past few days has finally arrived and will linger for a few days.

St Lawrence picked up 46mm in a hour, while at Emerald 34mm landed in the gauge also in an hour. In the 22 hours to 7am Monday Emerald has picked up 61mm, which is one-and-a-half times the average monthly October rainfall, and the heaviest October falls in nearly two decades.

At Gladstone 25mm has fallen overnight and into Monday morning, making it the wettest day since mid July. The 15mm picked up at Roma makes it the wettest day since March.

During Monday, heavy bands of rain and storms will travel east, with flash flooding possible for several districts between Emerald and Roma and then extending later into Bunbury to Noosa Heads. Across eastern parts of the Wide Bay and Burnett 24-hour rainfall totals may reach as high as 180mm. Falls may be near 30-50mm for Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast.

There is currently a Severe Weather Warning for heavy rain covering Wide Bay and Burnett, Central Highlands and Coalfields, Capricornia, Maranoa and Warrego, Darling Downs and Granite Belt and Southeast Coast. There is also a separate storm warning for the Wide Bay and Burnett district, for storms containing damaging winds and heavy rain.

While the rain will linger into Tuesday, there will be a distinct easing trend across the state. Umbrellas will still be required from Wednesday onwards as showers are likely to hang around for several days.

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