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BOM weather warning for South East Queensland may put a dampener on Easter weekend celebrations

By Jim Malo, Saturday April 3, 2021 - 23:08 AEDT
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A severe weather warning is in place for Queensland's central and coastal regions and is likely to bring rain, hail and wild winds over Easter. - ABC

South East Queensland residents have been warned to stay home on Easter Monday, with severe weather forecast to bring rain, hail and damaging winds.


The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) made the warning on Saturday as a coastal trough makes its way south over the Coral Sea.


The Central, Wide Bay and Burnett regions are forecast to be hit with heavy rain on Easter Sunday and into Easter Monday, while Brisbane is expected to cop a drenching on Monday.


In Central Queensland, the BOM has forecast severe thunderstorms, including damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rainfall across a broad area on Easter Sunday.


Heavy rain is expected across the state's entire coastline, while severe thunderstorms have been forecast from Seventeen Seventy south to Maroochydore. 


If the low continues to track south, Brisbane could find itself in that warning zone for severe weather tomorrow.


Senior Forecaster from the Bureau of Meteorology Felim Hannify, said there was a "slight uncertainty" around the movements of the low.


"There is potential for the severe weather warning that's current to extend towards and include Brisbane as we go into tomorrow."


Easter rescue teams on standby


QFES Acting Deputy Commissioner Joanne Greenfield advised people to keep travel to a minimum over the public holiday.


"If the travel is unnecessary, particularly around Monday, maybe try to avoid the travel if you can," she said.


"The message is the same as always: if it's flooded, forget it."


Meteorologist Pieter Claassen said conditions were likely to worsen on Sunday.


"That weather's going to further deteriorate about parts of the east coast from late tomorrow night as a trough intensifies and nears the east coast," he said.


"[In] the heaviest weather conditions, we're expecting daily totals in 50 to 100mm and we're expecting isolated totals as high as in the 200 millimetres."


Many south Queensland rivers remain saturated from last month's deluge and the QFES has been on high alert for any further flooding events.


"We're getting ready," Acting Deputy Commissioner Greenfield said.


"We've got our SES volunteers prepared and ready.


"We've got our swift-water crews from our Fire and Rescue Service all ready and on call to deploy to those areas where we expect some flash flooding.


"Our teams are well prepared and well ready. We're asking the public to do the same."


She said loose objects should be tied down and travel brought forward or delayed if possible. 


Big surf expected amid flood warnings


Flood warnings have been issued for the Weir, lower Paroo, Condamine, Balonne, lower Thomson and Moonie rivers, as well as Cooper Creek.


A flood watch stretching as far inland as the Darling Downs has been issued for coastal catchments between St Lawrence and the Queensland-New South Wales border.


"It doesn't look as significant as the March event and certainly not as prolonged," Mr Claassen said.


"It really looks like it will be over by late on Tuesday but because the rivers are so saturated, they are sensitive to any amount of rainfall."


He said beach trips were most likely out of the question.


"We also have some dangerous surf conditions out there at the moment," Mr Claassen said.


"We'll see significant wave heights increase to over 4 metres on Monday, with swells over 3m.


"We also have strong wind warnings for the waters north of the Sunshine Coast at the moment and that will extend south to the Gold Coast waters from Monday."







- ABC

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