Heavy rains expected to lash central coast
IT SEEMS the sunny weather we’ve been enjoying won’t continue into the weekend, with rain expected to hit our region as early as this afternoon.
Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Chris Joseph said a few showers would kick off a “significant” wet weather event.
“We’re looking at increasing rainfall much of Thursday and Friday through the weekend due to an upper-level trough system,” Mr Joseph said.
“It’s likely to drag tropical moisture down through central coast areas, especially later in the week and through the weekend.”
Mr Joseph said at times it would be “pretty heavy rain” anywhere along the coast south of Innisfail right down through the central coast through Capricornia region.
“We’re looking at 24-hour totals between 50–100mm in places between Friday and Sunday,” he said.
“With that kind of rainfall we could see localised flash flooding and river rises most definitely, so our advice to the public is to look at the latest forecast and any warnings issued.
“You could see some very strong winds over coastal waters from around Thursday onwards, so for the boaties this could be very significant.
“Maybe even gale-force winds later in the week is a possibility, so it’s a pretty serious system we are expecting. ”
Mr Joseph said there was a chance of a surface low-pressure system developing offshore close to the central coast area.
“That could have a focal point for the rainfall if that happens, but the systems should clear by Monday, so most of the heavy weather should be off the coast by then.”
He said the expected wild weather wouldn’t be entirely out of the ordinary for this time of year.
“We do see rainfall like this during winter at times and we have seen this during the last month with similar systems, so it’s not unusual,” Mr Joseph said.
WILD: Bad weather is expected to hit the Whitsundays this weekend. Photo Tony Martin / Daily Mercury.