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More rain expected after downpour drenches Greater Brisbane region


Southeast Queensland was hit by heavy rainfall on Tuesday with rain forecast to persist until at least Friday.

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Brisbane and parts of the Sunshine Coast have copped a drenching today, with some areas recording 64 millimetres in under an hour.

The highest rainfall reading was recorded at Bribie Island with 64mm, followed by Kippa-Ring with 53mm, and Eagle Farm with 49mm.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has forecast further showers and the chance of thunderstorms for the rest of Tuesday and into Wednesday for the Greater Brisbane region.

The rain is expected to persist until at least Friday, before easing at the weekend.

The region stretching from the Brisbane Airport to the Port of Brisbane, and into the south-eastern suburbs were the hardest hit.

SES officers help sandbag a home at Bribie Island

Meteorologist Matt Marshall said conditions had now eased after a severe thunderstorm warning was issued for the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane earlier today.

“Conditions have eased to below warning thresholds for the moment, although the situation continues to be monitored and further warnings will be issued if needed,” Mr Marshall said.

In north Queensland, a monsoon trough continues to hover over the northern peninsula, with the monsoon flow confined to the Torres Strait.

“But moisture is generally being eaten up by Tropical Cyclone Lukas in the northern coral sea,” Mr Marshall said.

“A monsoon surge may return to the gulf by Thursday, with the possibility of further tropical low development over the weekend, although current modelling suggests the system would push to the West.”

– ABC / Stephanie Zillman

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