Heavy rain for Wide Bay, Fraser Coast

Heavy rain forecast for Wide Bay, Fraser Coast


Rain forecast for Australia for the eight days until October 23. Source: BOM

Rain forecast for Australia for the eight days until October 23. Source: BOM

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Much of Queensland is in for a wet week, particularly along the coast.

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The Bureau of Meteorology is urging residents in the Wide Bay and Fraser Coast regions to keep a close eye on the weather with heavy rain set to impact the area over the next 48 hours.

BOM meteorologist, Andrew Bufalino said a strong upper trough currently impacting central Queensland was expected to shift north in the coming days and combine with a coastal trough around the Fraser Island, Hervey Bay region.

“That is expected to cause areas of heavy rain over the next few days, particularly from 1770 down to the Sunshine Coast,” he said.

“We are just reminding people to stay up-to-date with forecasts and warnings over the next 24 to 48 hours.”

“This is more of a coastal event but heavy rain could extend as far inland as Gayndah.”

North Queensland is also in line for more storms and rain this week. 

Mr Bufalino said the main focus was an area stretching from Palmerville to Normanton and from Richmond across to Charters Towers.

“In that area we are expecting some very slow moving thunderstorm activity,” he said.

“We already saw a bit of activity in that region yesterday. Broadly speaking it’s becoming more activity across the tropics.”

Northern members of the Who got the Rain? Facebook group were busy posting their totals on Monday. 

Phil Hubbard posted that he’d received 110mm in a storm at Hughenden on Sunday night while Brad Howe reported 50mm at Zig Zag, 160km north of Charters Towers.

Isolated showers and storms are also expected to continue across the central and southern interior of Queensland at least until Thursday – news that will no doubt frustrate those farmers trying to harvest winter crops. 

“That weakens off on Friday and then it’s back to more spring like conditions,” Mr Bufalino said. 

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