Lifeguard Sam Murray surveys the blustery and potentially dangerous conditions at Rainbow Beach yesterday.
Lifeguard Sam Murray surveys the blustery and potentially dangerous conditions at Rainbow Beach yesterday. Renee Pilcher

Gympie conditions forecast to ease

POURING rain overnight overfilled Cedar Pocket Dam yesterday, but gave way to drizzle in the afternoon in coastal areas.

Continuing heavy falls in Gympie's upstream catchment area promised a fresh in the Mary River and its tributaries, including Six Mile Creek and Deep Creek.

Despite wild surf conditions at several Sunshine Coast beaches, Rainbow Beach was "not too bad", according to lifeguard Dave Crossingham.

"There's a bit of a sweep and a couple of rips, but everyone is keeping between the flags," he said of the handful of bathers who defied the rain. This was largely because, as one said, "We can't stay locked up anymore".

Double Island Point received 3.6mm during the day to 4pm

yesterday, after 17mm overnight to 9am.

Rainbow Beach dropped from 30mm overnight to 3.6mm during the day.

Falls increased inland to 10mm at Cedar Pocket, dropping again to only 1mm during the day in Gympie, after 41mm overnight.

Upstream, Kenilworth recorded 9mm during the day, Cooran 7mm, Pomona 8mm, Mapleton 15mm and Maleny 26mm.

The afternoon forecast was for continuing easing of conditions, with a few showers and light to moderate winds.

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