Heavy rain predicted for south-east Queensland.
Heavy rain predicted for south-east Queensland.

Heavy rain predicted for SE Qld

QUEENSLAND’S emergency services are preparing for the worst following predictions of heavy rain hitting the south-east corner.

Emergency Management Queensland director-general Bruce Grady yesterday urged all residents to follow radio bulletins and keep an eye on the Bureau of Meteorology website for the next few days.

The bureau forecast falls of up to 100mm between today and tomorrow morning due to thunderstorms predicted to roll through in the afternoon.

“By staying informed it minimises the chance of anyone being caught out in an unexpected situation which could be inconvenient or even dangerous,” Mr Grady said.

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Brett Harrison said while the storms were not expected to bring hail or high-speed winds, they could bring rainfall exceeding 50mm in Ipswich and possibly more than 100mm in the Boonah area.

“We are expecting showers tending to rain today, with thunderstorms in the afternoon and early tomorrow,” he said.

“It is more likely that there will be falls of 100mm or more between Warwick and Boonah, however Ipswich should expect more than 50mm.”

A monsoon low-pressure system which dumped rainfall of more than 800mm on parts of the Gulf of Carpentaria this week had moved into the Northern Territory and was not affecting south-east Queensland.

However a heavy rain and flash-flooding warning has been issued for the far south-west of Queensland in the Channel Country areas including Birdsville.

Mr Grady said with the possibility of flash-flooding it was vital people heeded warnings and obeyed road closures, and most importantly stayed out of floodwaters.

“Don’t drive through them, don’t walk through them, don’t swim in them and importantly, keep your children away from them,” he said.

“People underestimate the danger of waters, thinking they can make it through – this sort of attitude is foolish and people can, and have, ended up paying with their lives.”

Fine weather should return by Tuesday, with temperatures remaining in the high 20s to low 30s.

Mr Harrison said forecasters were keeping their eyes on a low-pressure system which was expected to develop over the Coral Sea in the next few days.

He said there was a slight chance it could develop into a tropical cyclone, however he ruled out any chance of the system affecting south-east Queensland.

For storm and flood-related assistance contact the State Emergency Service on 132 500.

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