Rain forecast to ease

A SEVERE weather warning was issued for the Cooloola and Sunshine Coasts yesterday as a low sitting off Fraser Island whipped up dangerous surf, heavy rain and strong winds.

Falls of more than 80mm around the region over the past three days, including 130mm at Maleny in the headwaters of the Mary River, have pushed streams, creeks and the river up.

Yesterday was the sixth day in a row the mercury failed to push above 17.1 degrees in Gympie.

The Bureau of Meteorology yesterday reported a low (1010 hPa) on a surface trough east of Fraser Island that should deepen today as it moved south-south-east.

The low was expected to be east of the south-east Queensland coast this morning and to move further offshore.

This, combined with a high (1028 hPa) over the western Tasman Sea produced the large seas and swells off the Cooloola and Sunshine coasts.

These conditions were forecast to ease this morning.

Locations most affected have been the Sunshine Coast, the Gold Coast and the east coasts of Fraser Island, Moreton Island and North and South Stradbroke Islands.

The week of wet, windy and cold weather should improve by the weekend.

 

Rainfall

Totals from 9am Tuesday to 9am yesterday:

Gympie - 44mm

Rainbow Bch - 73mm

Boreen Point - 87mm

Kenilworth - 59mm

Borumba Dam - 48mm

Imbil - 52.6mm

Kandanga - 49mm

Pomona - 53mm

Tiaro - 33.6mm

Fisherman's Pckt - 44mm

Goomboorian - 35mm

Toolara - 91.2mm

Cedar Pckt Dam - 18mm

Cooran - 50mm

Maleny - 126mm

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