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Queensland weather forecast points to damp Easter weekend across state's south-east

Wednesday March 31, 2021 - 23:24 AEDT
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There is a chance of up to 150mm of rain falling in some places in south-east Queensland. - ABC

Predicted rain may put a damper on Easter weekend celebrations in Queensland, as Greater Brisbane emerges from lockdown.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has forecast rain for south-east Queensland, with a chance of up to 150 millimetres of rain falling in places.

BOM forecaster Pieter Claassen said storms could reach as far into the state as Longreach.

He said a coastal trough forming over the Coral Sea may cause highly concentrated rain to fall in certain locations, but most areas could expect 10mm to 30mm.

It is most likely to bucket down in between the Capricornia and Fraser Coast regions, which includes regional cities of Rockhampton, Hervey Bay and Maryborough, but the wide range of possibilities indicated it could end up anywhere along the coast.

"Locations in the south-east coast and the central coast district as well may also see this enhanced rainfall over the weekend and into next week as well," Mr Claassen said.

Surfers and boaties are also warned to keep a weather eye on the forecast.

"There's also the slight risk of hazardous to dangerous surf conditions developing about the south-east beaches on Sunday and into next week," Mr Claassen said.

"But this really depends on where that coastal trough is, how close it is to the coastline, and if it develops into a low as well."

He said the trough over the Coral Sea would be the one to watch ? there was the chance it could become a low.

"But given the environment, this subtropical low is not expected to become tropical or develop significantly but we'll keep a close eye on it over coming days," Mr Claassen said.

The monsoon trough is becoming more active, but it is not expected to cause any significant tropical lows yet.

Flooding is expected to continue out west.

The Condamine-Balonne, lower Paroo and lower Weir rivers may see major flooding.


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