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Queensland weather warnings in place for tropical north, heavy rain, high tides and 100kph wind gusts possible

Tuesday December 28, 2021 - 04:01 AEDT
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Queensland can expect more wet weather as the bureau warns of high tides and heavy rainfall. - ABC

The tropical north is being warned monsoonal rain and destructive winds could hit the region from early tomorrow morning.


The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) warns localised falls of up to 180 millimetres could be possible over coastal communities in the gulf and may also develop north of Port Douglas.


Damaging wind gusts of up to 100 kilometres per hour could develop north of about Kowanyama, with the possibility of localised destructive wind gusts in excess of 125kph.


A warning is also current for abnormally high tides for that area.


Meteorologist Helen Reid said the wild weather was being caused by several factors that were working together.


"Through the north we do have a monsoonal trough moving its way into the area, so that's bringing a little bit more of a blustery flow with it with some showers and thunderstorm activity there," she said.


"The tropical depression which we've seen move across the top end of the Northern Territory is moving its way further east to bring some rainfall and some more difficult conditions through there.


"Elsewhere in the state, we still do have humidity and warmth which helps thunderstorm development and some weak trough features that are focusing the activity of thunderstorms and helping it to develop in the south-east."


Ms Reid urged Queenslanders to stay across the warnings today.


"Today Queensland can expect a continuation of wet, stormy weather," she said.


"Particularly across the north there, the tropical low is edging its way further east.


"We do have warnings current for severe weather that covers damaging winds, heavy rainfall, and also some abnormally high tides are expected as well."


The tropical low is forecast to move into the Gulf of Carpentaria late today and towards the eastern Gulf Country district during Wednesday.


Widespread rainfall, high tides


She said the rainfall would be "widespread" across north Queensland.


"The abnormally high tides will affect the coastlines on the western side of the Peninsula, and also part-way down the Gulf Country ? and the winds as well right through that whole region.


"Everyone in that northern part of Queensland does need to be prepared for some nasty weather," she said.


Ms Reid said it was difficult to determine the exact amount of rainfall expected.


"Through the Northern Territory where the depression has come from, that low has brought hundred or so millimetres of rain ? we could expect those totals to accumulate," she said.


"Whilst it might not be completely horrific today, we are expecting conditions to continue to be deteriorating as we head into Wednesday."


The tropical low is partially responsible for the wet weather across the state.


"It has not intensified to be classed as a tropical cyclone but that doesn't mean that it's not still a dangerous weather system.


"And as that system does move across the Gulf of Carpentaria, it will be monitored very closely to see if any intensification tropical cyclone does happen or not. There is still that slight chance of that happening," she said.


The weather is set to ease in the north by Friday, but the forecast is for more wet weather further south through the weekend and into the new year.


"But that does bring the potential for heavier rainfall a little bit further south to north-east coast and edging its way into the south-east to Queensland by the time we get to the weekend," Ms Reid said.


Queensland Police Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said the weather event could potentially stretch from Cooktown to Townsville.


"[It] will push across into north Queensland from about Cooktown to as far as Townsville where we'll see significant amounts of rain and high wind."


He urged the north Queensland community to be vigilant during the expected inclement weather.


"Be ready for this and if it's flooded, forget it? We've already lost people this year because of people driving in floodwater so very important people understand that," he said.







- ABC

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