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HEAVY RAIN ON THE WAY FOR PARTS OF CENTRAL AND NORTHERN QUEENSLAND

A major rain event is on the way for many Queenslanders later this week. Warm moist easterly winds from the Coral Sea will be uplifted at the surface by a surface trough moving SW from the ocean. At the same time, cold upper level air from a trough and upper LOW in South Australia will move east and create a sharp thermal gradient between the surface and the upper levels of the atmosphere. The combination of these two factors will result in some major dry season rainfall for coastal and inland parts of the state. The strongest rain potential lies from about St Lawrence to Innisfail on the coast. and in the Emerald/Clermont/Moranbah region inland. Early estimates suggest very isolated falls up to 300mm are possible with general widespread falls of 50-100mm likely. 

The showers kick off Wednesday night in the NE Tropical Coast while the rest of the region will see showers and rain periods increase from Thursday morning. The heaviest rain is likely on Thursday night or Friday and by Saturday the event will be winding down across Central and North Queensland. The rain event will also affect SE Queensland, however, the heavy falls there will be more patchy and the event will kick off a little later and continue into Saturday. At its peak, for those lucky few folks that are under the most intense rainfall, falls of up to 100mm/3 hours can not be ruled out. 

 
 
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