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Drought-free OZ gets wetter, heavy rain targets south-east Queensland

Parts of southeast Queensland saw their heaviest April rain in over a decade last night, with more downpours expected today.

A trough of low pressure deepening off the Queensland coast sent copious amounts of rain sprawling across the state’s southeast last night. This trough is being fed by moist easterly winds flowing across the Coral Sea, generating unrelenting rainfall.

The heaviest rain last night affected places near the coast, especially around Brisbane and Maroochydore.

Redcliffe recorded 90mm of rain, which was the heaviest for April in at least nine years. Hervey Bay collected 67mm, their highest April rain in at least 14 years.

Rain is expected to continue for the southeast today, with the heaviest falls again occurring near the coast. 

Widespread rainfall totals of 30-50mm are likely by the end of Saturday, anywhere between about Bundaberg and the NSW border. Localised falls of 80-100mm are also possible as the trough deepens further.

Rainfall will ease from Sunday morning as the trough moves away from the coast. Showers will remain a feature over the next week for Brisbane as persistent southeasterly winds drag moisture onto the coast.

Photo by Mike Condon

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