Wet weather ahead for Queensland as BOM forecasts unseasonable conditions

Families may need a wet weather school holidays plan over the coming days with forecasters warning large parts of Queensland are in for a drenching.

Bureau of Meteorologist forecaster Shane Kennedy said falls of 20 to 40 millimetres were expected, in abnormal conditions for this time of year.

“We’re expecting rainfall mainly to start to build in the north-west of the state, so around the Mt Isa region today, and in addition, some enhanced showers around and on tropical coasts for today and Friday,” Mr Kennedy said.

Mr Kennedy said the cloud band was expected to thicken up overnight and bring unseasonable “fairly substantial rain” across much of the state on Friday and Saturday.

“Apart from the far south-west and the far north, everywhere else is quite likely to see some rainfall over the next couple of days with the focus on Friday mainly through north-western and Central Queensland.”

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The Bureau of Meteorology said there was a chance of isolated storms around the Port Douglas region but there was far greater risk of fairly sustained rainfall state wide.

The rain was expected to continue into Saturday with falls of up to 40 millimetres before a lull on Sunday, with lingering activity around the Cairns and Charters Towers coastal regions.

A second cloud band was expected to form on Monday, bringing wet conditions from Rockhampton down to the Gold Coast, as well as eastern Queensland, with falls between 20 to 40 millimetre.

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