A severe storm warning for damaging winds and flash flooding was issued for parts of southeast QLD yesterday evening NZT, for the second day running.
Wide Bay was hit by storms just after midday, bringing as much as 10mm in ten minutes at Maryborough and over 58mm in their gauge between 9am and 3pm.
This additional rainfall takes Maryborough to 259mm for the month and is now the wettest January there since 1996 when 267mm was recorded. Rainfall totals are expected to exceed 8mm for the remainder of the month which would see the city record it’s wettest January since 1974.
The storms brought a large temperature drop to the Wide Bay region, with temperatures dropping 9.5 degrees at Maryborough in just over an hour.
More showers and storms are expected today with flash flooding possible due to slow moving storms and a moist atmosphere. A high pressure ridge will strengthen in the east later today helping to stabilise the atmosphere.
Isolated light showers are expected to affect the southeast on Friday before contracting to the coast on the weekend.