Dark clouds roll in over the Peregian Beach ahead of big wet expected to dump more than 100mm in places on the Sunshine Coast Wednesday after falls of 20mm or more today. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily
Dark clouds roll in over the Peregian Beach ahead of big wet expected to dump more than 100mm in places on the Sunshine Coast Wednesday after falls of 20mm or more today. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily

100MM FALLS: Big wet to bring heavy winds, flooding

HEAVY rain with the potential for flashing flooding has been forecast for the Sunshine Coast on Wednesday with the Bureau of Meteorology also watching a low-pressure system in the Coral Sea that may develop into a cyclone.

Falls to 100mm and possibly higher have been forecast as the focus for the most extreme weather shifting north to this region over the past 24 hours.

Forecaster Alex Majchrowski said a strong southerly change reaching the Sunshine Coast this morning would generate winds gusting to 45km/h and up to 56km/h in coastal waters with seas whipped up to 2-3m.

"Wednesday is the big day," he said.

A coastal trough moving into the region was expected to combine with an upper trough moving into the state generating unsettled conditions at ground level and aloft.

The Coral Sea is coming alive and a heavy rain event has been forecast to deliver totals in excess of 100mm on parts of the Sunshine Coast on Wednesday.
The Coral Sea is coming alive and a heavy rain event has been forecast to deliver totals in excess of 100mm on parts of the Sunshine Coast on Wednesday.

Mr Majchrowski said some modelling was also giving a low-pressure system in the Coral Sea a low-to-moderate chance of developing into a cyclone.

The weather models at this stage were not agreeing on the intensity the system would reach or the direction it may move.

There's the chance for up to 20mm of rain today, higher under a storm cell with thunderstorms likely for this afternoon and evening.

 

 

Up to 100mm were expected to fall Wednesday and potentially higher in the hinterland and under storm cells.

Conditions would then ease from Thursday, although rain and storms were expected all the way into early next week, when greater clarity would have formed about the potential for a cyclone impacting the Queensland coast.

After 36C temperatures on the coast and inland on Monday today would be a cooler 29C with daytime maximums then dropping to 27C on Wednesday.

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast maximums to stay below 30C through until at least next Tuesday.

The big southerly change and strong winds behind it would whip up rough seas offshore but the underlying swell at this stage was not expected to increase beyond 2m.

On the beach, surfers should expect no more than waves below 1m.


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