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Wet week in eastern Queensland

Ben Domensino, Friday February 23, 2018 - 12:12 AEDT

Rivers are swollen in eastern Queensland following the heaviest rain since Cyclone Debbie in some areas.

Moisture-laden easterly winds feeding into a trough of low pressure have produced widespread rain and storms in Queensland this week.

Daily rainfall totals in excess of 100mm have been observed from the South East coast up to the North Tropical Coast.

Maryborough's 137mm during the 24 hours to 9am on Thursday was its heaviest rain in five years and the heaviest daily total during February for 14 years.

Numerous locations in the Sunshine Coast region registered 100-120mm during the 24 hours to 9am on Friday, with some places picking up more than 150mm.

The highest total in southeast Queensland was 171mm at Boreen Point, while Coops Corner collected 155mm.

Archerfield's 88mm during the last 24 hours was more than half a month's worth of rain for this time of year and their heaviest daily total since March.

This week's downpours brought Injune's running monthly total to 267mm as of 9am Friday. This is more than three times its monthly average for this time of year and makes this Injune's wettest February in 62 years.

Hamilton Island collected 91mm during the 24 hours to 9am today, which is its heaviest rain since Cyclone Debbie made landfall back in March last year.

The wet weather this week replaces a prolonged bout of heat that had gripped much of Queensland through the middle of February.

Longreach endured nine days with highs between 42 and 44.5 degrees earlier this month, its longest spell above 42 degrees on record during February.

Further east, Townsville registered seven consecutive days with maximum temperatures around 35 degrees between Tuesday 13th and Monday 19th. This was their second longest spell above 34 degrees in the last 16 years.

There will be further widespread showers and thunderstorms across Queensland this weekend. Visit http://www.weatherzone.com.au/warnings.jsp for the latest warnings.

- Weatherzone

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