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Brief Reprieve From Rain For Queensland

There will be some relief for drenched parts of central Queensland as recent heavy rain begins to ease, but it's not expected to last for long.

The wild weather, which has spread from the central coast to far north Queensland, has caused evacuations, power outages, road closures and possible damage to the Queensland food supply.

The weather bureau forecasts conditions will ease on Friday in southeast Queensland and across the state, with the chance of rain dropping to 30 per cent in most areas.

However the break in the weather will be short-lived, with heavier rain again predicted for the weekend, although not as severe as earlier in the week.

Bundaberg has received its wettest October for 64 years, recording 519mm of rain already this month, blowing past the previous record of 280mm in 1953.

Meanwhile the drenching rain has had a silver lining, with southeast Queensland's water grid experiencing a four per cent increase in supply to 75 per cent.

That's equivalent to 86,000 million litres, or three-and-a-half months supply, and follows authorities last week warning supply was headed towards the 70 per cent drought trigger level, ahead of what's expected to be a hot and dry summer.

AAP

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