IPSWICH residents are dreaming of a wet Christmas this year.
IPSWICH residents are dreaming of a wet Christmas this year. Sarah Harvey

Rain forecast for Christmas

THE respite from wet weather will almost certainly be short, with forecasters predicting a soggy lead-up to Christmas for south-east Queensland.

Gusty winds and summer sunshine helped soak up some of the 100-plus millimetres of rain that fell across the Ipswich district from Thursday to Sunday, but the clouds are set to return tomorrow.

By Thursday, the Bureau of Meteorology has predicted showers to increase with rain forecast for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Despite little sunshine it will still be a hot, muggy day this Saturday, with maximum temperatures in the high 20s.

Emergency Management Queensland has pleaded with people not to take risks in flooded waterways this Christmas.

A boy was still stuck in a tree surrounded by floodwaters at the Myall Creek Crossing in Dalby yesterday, while 13 other people had to be rescued from vehicles which had been washed off flooded roads in Gympie, Roma, Oakey Creek and Tara.



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