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BOM forecasts more wet and wild weather for southern Queensland, likely to continue all week

By Ciara Jones, Sunday November 7, 2021 - 22:32 AEDT
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Brisbane residents have been told to expect a muggy and wet start to the week. - ABC

It's set to be a wet and stormy week for large parts of Queensland as an unstable and humid air mass sweeps across Australia's east-coast.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has forecast widespread severe thunderstorms every day this week, particularly in southern inland and south-east Queensland.

Forecaster Jonathan How said the storms were likely to produce damaging winds, large hail and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding.

"Over this week, the main risk is really going to be that heavy rainfall, but we can't rule out any large-to-giant hail as well as damaging winds, which could cause disruption to property as well as downing some vegetation and trees as well," Mr How said.

"We could see ? for some places ? 200 millimetres across the whole week.

"Some could see even less than that, probably 20 to 50 millimetres or so."

Heaviest falls expected on Monday

Mr How said Monday would be the "wettest" day across parts of the south-east, including Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

"Brisbane could see in excess of 30 millimetres for some parts but under a storm, we could see much heavier totals, which could lead to flash flooding," he said.

"It could be quite a muggy day as well."

Mr How said "ironically" tropical North Queensland will avoid the worst of the weather.

"Anywhere north of Cairns is looking to be the driest parts, so if you're looking to escape some of that wet weather, it is a good idea to head north into the tropics, particularly to the Cape York Peninsula," he said.

Rain could saturate, damage crops

Mr How urged agricultural communities to be on alert, as heavy rainfall could cause "significant" crop damage.

"Especially for those farmers looking to start harvesting around this time, or indeed are already harvesting," Mr How said.

"As well as some communities which have already been hit by flooding over the last couple of weeks or so."

River communities are also warned to regularly check for alerts in their areas.

"Parts of southern inland Queensland are already quite saturated, they've already seen some flooding, particularly around the New South Wales Border," Mr How said.

"With that rainfall coming, we could see some further river rises, so river communities, just be alert this week and keep an eye on any flood watches and warnings."

Many Queensland dams are already nearing full capacity, including Enoggera Dam in Brisbane, sitting at 98.7 per cent and Wappa Dam in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, at 99.9 per cent capacity.

November is Queensland's severe thunderstorm month.


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