Just How Bad Will The Wild Weather Be In QLD This Weekend?
Southeast Queensland residents are in for some wild weather on Saturday, but forecasters say it might not be as bad as initially feared.
A strong upper trough is moving faster than expected, meaning reduced chances of flash flooding.
But the Bureau of Meteorology says the risks are still there, especially as heavy rain will coincide with a king tide.
The bureau's latest severe weather warning says the southeast will see very heavy rain and damaging wind gusts peaking at about 90km/h.
The areas expected to cop the wild weather stretch from Hervey Bay in north, to the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
Brisbane weather report: grim pic.twitter.com/QSxXFu5Uj0— Shane Doherty (@ShaneDoherty9) June 2, 2016
Coastal communities could see as much as 250mm of rain in 24 hours.
Inland communities including Toowoomba, Stanthorpe and Warwick are also likely to be hit, and could have falls of up to 150mm.
A flood watch is current for southeast Queensland, from Fraser Island to the Queensland/NSW border, and extends inland to include the Upper Condamine, Dumaresq and Macintyre rivers.
Conditions are expected to ease by late on Saturday as the system moves offshore or into NSW.
Looks like some wet weather ahead for Brisbane - especially Saturday. Time to plan ahead, and keep an eye on weather forecasts.— Brisbane City SES (@SESBrisbane) June 2, 2016
Queensland's Emergency Services Minister Bill Byrne has warned parents to keep their children safe and away from drains, culverts and flowing water, and has also warned some roads could be cut.
"This is an unseasonal weather event and residents need to make sure they have plans in place to cope in case they are affected," he said.