A month's worth of rain in a weekend and still more to come

It’s not a good week to forget your umbrella.
Courtesy: Michele Mossop

South-east Queensland has not seen the end of a drenching that dumped a month’s worth of rain in a matter of days.

The weekend’s weather had crews scurrying as state emergency services were called out to dozens of jobs.

The Bureau of Meteorology expected the rain to continue to fall on Monday, with the Sunshine Coast potentially copping as much as 100 millimetres.

But forecaster Harry Clark said Brisbane and the Gold Coast had likely seen the worst of falls in those cities, with 20-30 millimetres predicted throughout most of the region.

Huge amounts of rain fell in some areas, with Upper Springbrook on the Gold Coast hinterland receiving 307 millimetres in three days and Mount Crosby recording 110 millimetres.

In the same period, Brisbane’s CBD received 79 millimetres, just a touch more than its monthly average.

“Most places in south-east Queensland have already reached the average rainfall for October,” Mr Clark said.

“It’s usually quite a dry month for us, so this is a little unusual.”

Beaches remained closed on the Sunshine Coast on Monday, after closures on both coasts at the weekend.

Mr Clark said the combination of two weather systems was driving the wet weather, as a high pressure system off the Victorian coast brought in a lot of moisture before combining with a strong upper low in south-west Queensland to dump it closer to the coast.

“Generally as we go in towards the end of the week it’s going to dry out a bit,” he said.

“We still do have the chance of a shower on Friday and for the weekend as well so it’s not completely dry at this stage but looking a lot less cloudy and miserable.”

A Queensland Fire and Emergency Service spokeswoman said SES crews were called out to 137 jobs at the weekend, mostly for leaking roofs and sandbagging.

The bulk of those were in south-east Queensland, with 39 in Brisbane, 23 on the Sunshine Coast, 21 in Logan and 14 on the Gold Coast.

Source: https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/a-month-s-worth-of-rain-in-a-weekend-and-still-more-to-come-20171016-p4ywhg.html