January 16, 2012

Severe weather warning for heavy rainfall

Parts of the southeast coast are expected to receive heavy rainfalls over the next 24-48 hours, with areas of the southern Capricornia and
the Wide Bay and Burnett districts also in for heavy falls.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued a Severe Weather Warning at 4:50pm today, describing that a surface trough was located off the Capricornia coast and is expected to intensify and move south along the Wide Bay and southeast Queensland coasts during Tuesday.

Heavy rainfalls are expected to develop along the Capricornia coast and adjacent inland parts south of Gladstone in the early hours of Tuesday and extend southwards into remaining coastal areas and adjacent inland parts north of Brisbane during Tuesday. 24 hour rainfall totals in excess of 150 mm are possible. This rainfall may be intense at times, leading to localised flash flooding.

Locations that may be affected include Gladstone, Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Gympie and the Sunshine Coast.

A Flood Warning has been issued for coastal rivers and streams from Noosa to Caboolture and adjacent inland catchments. (Source: BOM)


Whilst at this stage the Gold Coast hasn't been specifically listed, the computer generated rainfall forecast models over the next four days shows we could get between 50-100mm of rain tomorrow, Thursday and Friday - with Wednesday to get between 100-150mm. Add those figures up, and that's anywhere from 250-450mm of rain over the next four days!

Dick Whitaker, Chief Meteorologist at The Weather Channel says “Four-day ahead totals from today until Thursday show the rainfall bulls eye with falls of 100mm plus to be located over south-east Queensland and then from Friday to Monday over the New South Wales north and central coasts,”

Meanwhile, dangerous surf is also expected along the south-east Queensland and northern New South Wales coastlines later Monday through Tuesday into Wednesday as this low-pressure trough deepens and gradually moves south over coming days. (Source: The Weather Channel)

This is a timely reminder to avoid driving, walking or riding through flood waters, and keep clear of creeks and storm drains. If you require assistance, contact the SES on 132 500, or for life threatening emergencies call 000. Please keep safe people, don't take risks.

Gold Coast

Forecast for the rest of Monday

Cool and cloudy with a few showers, tending to rain at times. Moderate to fresh E to SE winds.

Precis:
A few showers.

Forecast for Tuesday

Cool and cloudy with showers, tending to rain at times. A possible thunderstorm. Moderate to fresh NE to SE winds.

Precis:
Showers, possible storm.
Min 20
Max 25

UV Alert from 7:40 am to 4:10 pm, UV Index predicted to reach 14 [Extreme]

Wednesday
A few showers, possible storm.
Min 20
Max 27
Thursday
Shower or two, possible storm.
Min 19
Max 28
Friday
Mostly fine, possible shower.
Min 19
Max 27
Saturday
Mostly fine, possible shower.
Min 19
Max 27
Sunday
Mostly fine, possible shower.
Min 20
Max 29
Monday
Mostly fine, possible shower.
Min 21
Max 29

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