WATCH: South-east on "deluge" alert this weekend

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UPDATE: PREPARE for some pretty wet weather in Ipswich this weekend.

The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting widespread heavy rainfall and the possibility of flooding across south-east Queensland this weekend.

South-east Queensland will be first to receive what the Bureau called a deluge of rainfall, caused by a developing east coast low, with falls up to 80mm expected in Ipswich.

The bureau's acting Queensland director Bruce Gunn said rainfall would increase to a range of 50 to 150mm in coastal regions, with the heaviest falls in these areas expected on Saturday afternoon.

"With events like this, localised falls in excess of 250mm are possible, particularly in coastal areas and at elevation including the Sunshine Coast Hinterland and ranges extending south into NSW," he said.

Aside from spoiling some people's weekend travel plans, the news should be welcomed across the district, with only 16mm recorded at Amberley over the last two months.

Since the start of the year, Amberley weather station has recorded 212mm of rain - less than half the 427mm long-term average for the period from January to June.

In addition to Saturday's downpour, the Bureau has also predicted showers for today, Sunday and Monday, with maximum temperatures to remain in the low to mid 20s.

A Flood Watch has been issued for Queensland and NSW rivers, and this along with Severe Weather Warnings, will be updated progressively throughout the rain event.

QFES Deputy Commissioner Mark Roche said people needed to remember to take care on wet roads.

"With heavy rainfall & flooding possible this weekend, have a Plan B when travelling & remember: if it's flooded forget it," he said.

"Make preparations at home like clearing gutters to ensure water can run off quickly.

"All of our emergency management teams are ready to act and as we are prepared, the community needs to be prepared."

Members of the public are urged to stay tuned for updated forecasts and warnings, follow the advice of local emergency services and not to drive, ride or walk through flood water.
 

EARLIER: FORECASTERS are predicting more than a month's worth of rain to fall across Ipswich on Saturday, in what almost certainly looks like being a welcome break in the dry spell.

Having earlier forecast a 90% chance of Ipswich receiving up to 20mm, the Bureau of Meteorology is today giving a 95% chance of the city getting between 30-80mm.

Ipswich's average rainfall for June is only 45mm.

Aside from spoiling some people's weekend travel plans, the news should be welcomed across the district, with only 16mm recorded at Amberley over the last two months.

The Bureau has also predicted showers for today, Friday, Sunday and Monday, with maximum temperatures to remain in the low to mid 20s.



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