Latest rainfall: 200mm rain, huge swells to smash southeast

 

Southeast Queensland could be smashed by more than a month's worth of rain in just days as La Nina sees the state prepare for flash flooding, severe storms and king tides.

A flood watch has been issued for parts of the state stretching from Fraser Island to the Tweed with water catchments, including the Brisbane River, likely to be affected on Sunday and Monday.

Localised flooding is also likely to impact roads with authorities bracing for falls of over 200mm as the slow-moving trough coming in from the ocean dumps down.

 

 

Brisbane received 9.8mm since 9am Friday, while it was a little wetter at the Airport where 15.4mm was recorded.

On the Gold Coast, Coolangatta has reported 23mm since 9am, while Nambour on the Sunshine Coast has reported falls of 27mm in the same time frame.

 

SCROLL DOWN TO SEE THE LATEST SOUTHEAST QUEENSLAND RAINFALL FIGURES

 

Bureau of Meteorology's Dean Narramore said December monthly averages for December ranged from about 100mm towards the ranges and closer to 150-170mm along the coast.

While December is usually the start of the wet season in Queensland, he said it was likely being intensified due to La Nina.

"If you look at the forecast of the rainfall in the coming days at a number of locations will probably approach or if not exceed the monthly averages over the next four days," Mr Narramore said.

"La Nina provides more moisture in the atmosphere generally, so it means any weather system that comes through has more moisture to work with which means more widespread and heavy rain."

 

Gold Coast surfers Nina Hawker, Amba Hobbs, Olivia Moore and Liliana Karos can't wait for the predicted swells to hit our coastline over the weekend. Picture: NIGEL HALLETT
Gold Coast surfers Nina Hawker, Amba Hobbs, Olivia Moore and Liliana Karos can't wait for the predicted swells to hit our coastline over the weekend. Picture: NIGEL HALLETT

 

Sunday and Monday are expected to be the biggest days for the rainfall, but will pair up with huge waves reaching potentially 8-10 metres high and king tides.

"The highest tides of the year combined with the heavy rainfall and some pretty big season swell with the low off shore could see some low lying inundation and saltwater flooding," Mr Narramore said.

A severe weather warning from Fraser Island to Coolangatta has been issued for the weekend for "damaging winds, abnormally high tides and dangerous surf".

The wet weather is likely to continue for the majority of December.

"We've been pretty dry until recently … the main story really is that the pattern has changed, we will probably see more bursts of rain, maybe not to this scale, it's hard to say though," Mr Narramore said.

 

 

There are some who are excited for the wild weather, with 15-year-old surfer Liliana Karos from the Gold Coast and her friend keen to make the most of the big swell.

"It's been like small over the last couple of weeks and days and it hasn't been very good so it's nice to have a couple of good waves come in," Ms Karos said.

"It's a bit scary but you know, it'll still be fun."

 

LATEST SOUTHEAST QUEENSLAND RAINFALL FIGURES

 

AMBERLEY 11.2MM

ARCHERFIELD 14.4MM

BEERBURRUM 16MM

BEAUDESERT 10.4MM

BRISBANE 9.8MM

BRISBANE AIRPORT 15.4MM

CANUNGRA 10.6MM

CAPE MORETON 14.6

COOLANGATTA 23MM

GATTON 11.6MM

GOLD COAST SEAWAY 18.8MM

GREENBANK 12MM

NAMBOUR 27MM

REDCLIFFE 18.6MM

ALEXANDRA HILLS 14.8MM

TEWANTIN 18MM

 

 

Originally published as Latest rainfall: 200mm rain, huge swells to smash southeast


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