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Lockdown's silver lining - it will be cold and wet outside, anyway


South-east Queenslanders should carry their umbrellas as well as their face masks with them if they venture outside this weekend as the unusual bout of mid-winter rainfall continues.

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Queenslanders from Cairns to the NSW border are in for a weekend of grey skies and rain as a trough slowly moves across the state and crosses the coast.

The unseasonal weather is expected to stretch across the weekend, with rain increasing in Brisbane and south-east Queensland from Saturday.

The Bureau of Meteorology expects “seasonally significant” rain and showers to continue in Brisbane until Monday, with up to 30 mm falling over the weekend.

The falls are likely to be heavier on the Gold Coast, with the bureau forecasting the chance of a thunderstorm on Saturday.

The bureau’s Kimba Wong said this might increase rainfall.

“We really couldn’t rule out some isolated totals up the the 80mm mark if not a tiny bit more if we get some thunderstorm activity,” she said.

Further north, she said the “hefty rainfall “across the Casowarry Coast and ranges had dumped between 100mm and 150mm in the 24 hours to 9am Thursday.

However, the big rainfalls that have drenched tropical areas of the state over much of the past week are expected to ease over the weekend, with a final flood warning issued for the Tully River.

“We are seeing a gradual decline in shower activity along that part of the coast as an easterly surge coming across the state gradually weakens,” Wong said.

Southwest parts of the state have had scattered rainfall of up to 20 mm over the past week.


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