Winter to get wetter this week

SEVERE weather is set to strike the Gympie region this week with rainfall expected to reach a three-month high in parts of Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria.

"A low-pressure trough approached eastern Australia on Monday, with the system expected to move slowly east today generating further rain and thunderstorms across much of eastern Australia," says Dick Whitaker, chief meteorologist at The Weather Channel.

"Over the next eight days, widespread totals of up to 50mm are forecast for Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania with isolated areas receiving falls of up to 100mm.

"Many inland towns could also exceed their entire July rainfall this week," he said.

This system will interact with another trough over Queensland, drawing down a burst of tropical moisture that will intensify the rainfall totals.

A second trough is forecast to track east through the region on tomorrow and Friday generating further significant falls over many of the same areas.

"Several flood watches have already been issued across parts of Victoria in anticipation of the approaching severe weather.

"There is a chance that some of the already saturated river catchments may be tipped into at least moderate flooding."

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