The Kidd Bridge becomes awash at the weekend as the Mary River rises to a peak of 10.09m.
The Kidd Bridge becomes awash at the weekend as the Mary River rises to a peak of 10.09m. Contributed

The rain has gone for now

GYMPIE residents should enjoy some real summer sunshine today after more than a week of leaden skies and rainfall of 188-420mm.

The ground may still be too wet to mow, but that won't stop many frustrated residents already facing lawns with knee-high grass, or worse.

Minor flooding of the Mary River downstream of Gympie will continue to drop after the river peaked at 10.09m in Gympie at midnight on Saturday, closing the Kidd Bridge and several roads to traffic.

The rain has abated, for the time being at least, after falls of more than 300mm at Maleny in the past week, 188mm in Gympie, more than 220mm on the Cooloola Coast (see the table below) and more than 420mm at Poona.

Minor flooding between Fisherman's Pocket and Tiaro is also expected to continue falling during this week.

All roads in the Gympie region that were cut by floodwaters at the weekend, were open to traffic yesterday.

But the respite from the wet may be short-lived.

The Bureau of Meteorology has predicted mostly fine conditions with isolated showers for Wide Bay tomorrow and Thursday, and is watching the possible development of a low in the Coral Sea.

A monsoon trough was situated in the Coral Sea and was expected to move gradually northwards while reforming across north Queensland over the next day or two, the BOM said.

"There are currently no significant lows in the region. However, a low could potentially develop along the monsoon trough this week," it said.

The Weatherzone website has predicted for the Wide Bay Burnett a "high chance of rain" on most days from next Wednesday until the end of February.

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