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Winter deluge on the way for central QLD

A rare dry season rainfall event is set to unfold across parts of the Central QLD coast over the next several days.

An upper trough moving across eastern Australia will induce a surface trough across the central QLD coast. This in combination with moist south-easterly winds will lead to an increase in shower and rain activity late this afternoon and into Friday.

Widespread falls of 50-100mm are expected, with isolated heavier falls of up to 200mm possible through until Saturday along with the risk of isolated thunderstorms. This may lead to flash flooding and minor river flooding across parts of the Whitsunday and Capricorn Coast.

Conditions should gradually ease late Saturday and into Sunday, as the upper trough moves off the east coast, with onshore showers likely to persist into early next week as a high pressure system in the Tasman Sea maintains a ridge across the QLD Coast.

A flood watch remains current for parts of the Whitsunday and Capricorn Coast, with the Pioneer River, Connors, Isaac and Styx River and Plane Creek catchments likely to be affected.

Image 1: EC accumulated forecast rainfall

EC accumulated forecast rainfall

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