THE Bureau of Meteorology has issued a flood watch for all Queensland rivers and creeks between Gladstone and the NSW Border, including here on the Gold Coast, ahead of forecast heavy rainfall.
A trough system and an associated band of showers and storms will push into the southwest of the state today, before gradually shifting east across the state over the weekend.
The Bureau of Meteorology says 24-hour rainfall totals of 30-70mm will be possible about coastal catchments south of Gladstone on Sunday and Monday. Isolated heavier falls of 80-180mm will be possible under severe storms.
According to the weather bureau’s current forecast, the Gold Coast could be drenched by 100mm over the two-day event, with at least 80mm of that tipped to fall on Monday alone.
The weather bureau warns minor flooding will be possible across the entire Flood Watch area and isolated heavy rainfall may lead to localised flooding.
The Flood Watch zone will be refined as the location of the heaviest rainfall becomes more certain.
“Rainfall during the past week has wetted up some coastal catchments, meaning river level rises are likely,” the weather bureau said in its warning on Friday morning.
“Rainfall totals and river rises are expected to be significantly lower than those experienced in the Wide Bay catchments in October, and certainly nothing comparable to the rainfall and flooding seen in Cyclone Debbie.”
The showers and storms are forecast to clear the coast on Tuesday.
Residents living or working along rivers and creeks are being urged to monitor the latest weather forecasts and warnings via www.bom.gov.au/qld/warnings
Catchments likely to be affected include:
• Calliope River
• Boyne River
• Baffle Creek
• Kolan River
• Burnett River
• Burrum and Cherwell Rivers
• Mary River
• Noosa River
• Sunshine Coast Rivers and Creeks
• Pine and Caboolture Rivers
• Upper Brisbane River
• Lower Brisbane River (Tributaries of the lower Brisbane River only.)
• Logan and Albert Rivers
• Gold Coast Rivers and Creeks
The wet weather will have little effect on the heat, however, with the mercury set to soar as soon as the rain clears.
Temperatures will drop to 26 degrees across the Gold Coast on Monday, before climbing to more summer-like temperatures from mid-week, with 32 degrees forecast for Surfers Paradise on Wednesday and Thursday.
It’ll be even hotter inland, with suburbs like Nerang and Coomera headed for tops of 34 degrees on Thursday.