SPLASH-TASTIC! NOW I CAN JUMP PUD­DLES

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS - CHRIS HONNERY

LIT­TLE Nate Crow­ley’s gum­boots haven’t jumped in many pud­dles this year.

So as soon as the four-yearold heard the first drops of rain in War­wick yes­ter­day, he hap­pily launched him­self into the big­gest pud­dle he could find.

Bris­bane res­i­dents shiv­ered through their cold­est Oc­to­ber day in 30 years yes­ter­day, with cloud cover and patchy rain earn­ing Bris­bane the un­likely ti­tle of the cold­est cap­i­tal city in the coun­try.

And the wet con­di­tions are set to con­tinue, weather fore­cast­ers say.

Heavy rain will of­fer re­lief to drought-rav­aged western Queens­land this week.

But Bris­bane res­i­dents would be best to spend a cosy Sun­day on the couch, with as much as 40mm of rain fore­cast to fall to­day and up to 80mm on the Gold Coast.

Places such as Kings­bor­ough, west of Glad­stone, re­ceived 50mm of rain in just three hours yes­ter­day morn­ing while Boon­dooma, north of Kin­garoy, copped 209mm of rain on Fri­day night.

The Sunshine Coast and Wide Bay have also recorded sig­nif­i­cant falls of more than 200mm in the past four days.

A haz­ardous surf warn­ing re­mains in place for Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast wa­ters as a coastal trough de­vel­ops near Fraser Is­land. Strong winds and a swell of up to four me­tres is ex­pected.

Bris­bane is tipped to have an­other wet week ahead while con­di­tions are likely to clear fur­ther north.

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