Sunshine returning to parts of Sunshine State

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Weeks of torrential rain is coming to a temporary end across some parts of Queensland predicts

The weather news authority says Brisbane in particular is looking much drier over the next week however it's what happens upstream that really matters - and the forecast there isn't so flash. provides Queensland service for NZers

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Due to the large number of New Zealanders who have family, friends or simply a strong connection with Queensland and Brisbane, has today launched a regular Queensland service.

Australian live Rain Radar and Lightning Tracker

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Watch conditions unfold around Australia with this live rain radar and lightning tracker.

Unlike New Zealand, Australia's government forecaster provides free access to the latest rain radar images which is why we provide a link to it.

The combined lightning tracker and rain radar service is provided by our Australian weather partners Weatherzone.

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Exclusive interview with Kiwi living in Gympie, Queensland

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New Zealander Neil Schierning is right in the heart of the flooding in Queensland.  He lives in the town of Gympie, 160kms north of Brisbane.

Mr Schierning has lived in the area for 4 years, his wife Sue for 9 years and they both say they've never seen anything like this in their time there - and neither have the locals.  "All locals and longtime residents say they have never seen so much rain. We had 554 mm in December and so far to date 380 mm in January" said Mr Schierning.

Donate to the Queensland flood relief fund

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The Queensland Government has launched an appeal to help fellow Queenslanders affected by the recent floods. Many communities have been devastated. Some families have lost everything. You can help make a difference by donating to the Premier's Flood Relief Appeal.

Flash floods claims lives in Queensland

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Flash floods swept cars off roads and killed four people late yesterday in Toowoomba, west of Brisbane -- a region that is already reeling from one of the worst floods in its history.

All four people -- two adults and two children -- drowned, said Ben Tracy of the Queensland police.

Oz PM says some flooding yet to peak

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While floodwaters in Australia have begun to recede in some areas, the worst could still be on the way for at least one city, says the country's prime minister .

Sunshine Coast not so sunny

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In December many places across Queensland received record rainfall amounts along with increased cloud cover and the Sunshine Coast was no exception.

More rain for Queensland

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 Moist easterly winds, feeding into an upper level low and trough over the east coast of Queensland, have been causing heavy rainfall and storms in the last 24 hours.

A severe weather warning was issued with the major concern that heavy rain could lead to localised flash flooding and potentially worsening the existing river flood situation.

Brisbane gets soaking

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Brisbane saw drenching rain in the second half of 2010, leading to an annual total of 1659mm and the wettest year since 1974.

The high rainfall totals were a result of the current La Nina pattern, which began to ramp up from October of 2010. During a La Nina pattern the easterly trade winds strengthen over the Pacific, directing high amounts of moisture over eastern Australia.