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Queensland’s wet start to winter

Many parts of Queensland can expect significant rainfall over the next few days as a low pressure trough deepens over the state.

Coastal areas were dealt another round of showers Wednesday by persistent easterly winds, while the rest of the state generally remained dry. This has been an all too familiar story for inland places like Birdsville and Bedourie in the far southwest, which have seen no rainfall at all so far in May. But with winter only a day away, this is about to change.

A deepening trough over the NT will slowly move into western Queensland on today. This trough is expected to deliver widespread falls around Queensland’s Channel Country before the weekend. From Saturday, this system will spread the rain eastwards and could see more than 50mm soak parts of the Maranoa and Warrego district. By Sunday, the trough is expected to have moved over the Darling Downs and Granite Belt, where it could deliver an additional 15-20mm in some places.

For the Southeast Coast, showers are likely to be a feature each day for the remainder of the week, before intensifying on Sunday when the inland trough meets the coast. For the Brisbane and other places near the coast, this could bring over 30mm of rain on Sunday.

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