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.
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