An unusual deluge continues to ravage Queensland as the deadly rain band moves southeast after floods claimed the life of a woman on the central coast.
Precipitation records tumbled as rising floodwaters inundated roads and bridges as the dangerous weather system tracked south-east across the central Queensland coast.
Flooding claimed the life of a woman north of Mackay when a car was swept away from a flood waterway Wednesday morning.
Most of the rain will fall along the state’s mid-north coast in Queensland on Wednesday, but is expected to spread further south to NSW and Victoria by Thursday (pictured)
Two other passengers, a man and a woman, escaped with minor injuries.
As the far west begins to dry out, the Bureau of Meteorology warns that the rain will continue to fall.
Severe showers and possible thunderstorms are forecast for the central, southern and southeastern regions of Queensland on Thursday.
“These can cause damaging wind gusts as well as intense rainfall that can lead to life-threatening flash flooding,” said meteorologist Christie Johnson.
“Going into Friday, we see the focus shifting to the southeast and then the system shifts east and conditions improve over the weekend.”
Total rainfall in the east of the state was generally 50-70mm, with areas between the Daintree and Mackay, the Sunshine Coast and Central Queensland registering over 100mm on Wednesday.
Three people in a ute (pictured) were swept off a causeway near Mackay on Wednesday, leaving a woman unable to be rescued
Brisbane (pictured) is expected to be steeped in locals being urged not to travel unless necessary as there are likely to be disruptions caused by the weather
There is a major flood warning for the River Haughton and a moderate flood warning for the River Bohle.
The beaches on the Gold and Sunshine Coasts are expected to remain closed with dangerous surf and massive swell along the shoreline.
Sydneysiders can also expect rain if they end their work week before the system goes into the weekend.
“We expect rain today,” said a meteorologist from the Bureau of Meteorology.
“It has already started to rain a bit, with totals expected to reach 10-20mm today.
Sydneysiders end their work week with rain before the wet weather subsides over the weekend
“The system that creates that rain will continue to move over Sydney tomorrow.
“There will be a shower but it will clear up later in the day when conditions improve in the afternoon and evening.
‘Then the weekend looks pretty good with a small chance of a shower on Saturday and Sunday.’
Strong winds are expected to hit the NSW coast Friday and Saturday.
The BoM has issued a Marine Wind Warning for the Byron Coast, Coffs Coast, Macquarie Coast, Hunter Coast, Sydney Coast, Illawarra Coast, Batemans Coast and Eden Coast.
The BoM has issued a Marine Wind Warning for several regions off the coast of NSW, including the Sydney coast, the Illawarra coast and the Batemans coast.
Melbourne is forecast for a gray weekend with a high chance of little rain heading into next week.
“Melbourne could get a shower today,” said the BoD’s meteorologist. “We are at the very bottom of the weather system affecting Queensland and New South Wales.”
‘A cold front will pass through Melbourne at the weekend, so we’ll see showers on Saturday and we’ll hang out a bit on Sunday.
“The coolest of that air will come in Monday and Tuesday, with showers every day.”
Residents of Perth will experience drizzle over the next few days, while heavy rain on Thursday will turn into light showers over the weekend.
Melbourne is forecast for a gray weekend with a high chance of little rain heading into next week
Residents of Lucky Darwin will have the chance to enjoy the sun from Sunday and will start next week
Cloudy weather over Adelaide, but no rain expected until Saturday, with maximum rainfall of 3mm forecast.
Thursday’s cloud cover will partially clear Hobart on Friday before light showers begin on Saturday into next week.
Gray skies are forecast to be accompanied by cold temperatures with a minimum of 9C for Friday.
Rain from Canberra on Thursday will turn to showers over the weekend before clearing up Sunday evening.
Darwin will see a cloudy start to the weekend before the sun sets on Sunday and lasts until next Tuesday.
Due to the sunny weather, maximum temperatures will reach the low thirties and the lows comfortably in the low twenties.
FOUR DAYS FORECAST OF THE BIG CITIES
Thursday Rain. Possible serious falls. Maximum 18
Friday Shower or two. Min 7 Max 19
Saturday Shower or two. Min 9 Max 20
Sunday Early shower or two. Min 10 Max 20
Thursday Partly cloudy. Maximum 20
Friday Partly cloudy. Min 14 Max 23
Saturday Shower or two. Min 17 Max 21
Sunday shower or two. Min 14 Max 20
Thursday A shower or two will develop. Maximum 19
Friday Possible shower. Min 13 Max 20
Saturday Shower or two. Min 16 Max 20
Sunday Possible shower. Min 14 Max 20
Thursday Cloudy. Maximum 19
Friday Partly cloudy. Min 9 Max 18
Saturday showers. Min 11 Max 18
Sunday shower or two. Min 12 Max 19
Thursday Rain. Maximum 17
The showers will subside on Friday. Min 11 Max 19
Saturday Shower or two. Min 11 Max 21
Sunday shower or two. Min 11 Max 19
Thursday Rainy periods. Maximum 23
Friday Shower or two. Min 17 Max 25
Saturday Partly cloudy. Min 16 Max 27
Sunday shower or two. Min 18 Max 25
Thursday Rain. Maximum 24
Friday rain. Min 20 Max 24
Saturday showers. Min 20 Max 25
Sunday showers. Min 19 Max 27
Thursday Partly cloudy. Maximum 32
Friday Partly cloudy. Min 25 Max 31
Saturday Partly cloudy. Min 25 Max 32
Sunday sunny. Min 24 Max 33
Source: Bureau of Meteorology
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