WET WET WET from Today

The Coast will start to feel it from Wednesday, and inland will begin to see rain and more rain from Thursday.

RainingAn initial Flood Watch has been issued for Queensland coastal catchments from Cairns to Gladstone and it extends inland to include parts of the Burdekin and Fitzroy catchments.

Bureau of Meteorology Weather Services Manager, Richard Wardle, says the Flood Watches come ahead of a trough and associated heavy rainfall forecast to affect the state from late Wednesday.

“Widespread rainfall totals in the range of 100-200mm can be expected with rainfall decreasing as it moves south.”

“While there is the potential for riverine and flash flooding, rainfall totals and flood levels associated with this system will be generally lower than those seen with the passage of ex-tropical cyclone Debbie.”

A Flood Watch has also been issued for a second trough forecast to move through the southwest Channel Country and Western Queensland, bringing with it the chance of showers and thunderstorms for inland areas on Thursday and Friday.

“The most likely area for storms will be near and to the east of this slow-moving surface trough, from Cloncurry south to Cunnamulla, including the towns of Winton, Windorah, Quilpie, Thargomindah, Longreach, and Charleville. Some of these storms may be severe.”

“While isolated heavier falls associated with thunderstorms are possible, rainfall in the southwest will be considerably lower – in the 30 to 50mm range.”

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services are urging the public stay tuned for the latest official forecasts and warnings from the Bureau, and follow the advice of local emergency services.

Avoid travel if possible while warnings are in place and remember: if it’s flooded, forget it.