An unseasonal deluge continues to batter Queensland as the deadly rainband moves southeast after floodwaters claimed the life of a woman on the central coast.
Rainfall records tumbled as rising floodwaters swamped roads and bridges as the dangerous weather system tracked southeast across the central Queensland coast.
Floodwaters claimed the life of a woman north of Mackay when a car was swept from a floodwater causeway on Wednesday morning.
The bulk of the rain will be in Queensland on Wednesday along the state’s mid-north coast but is forecast to spread further south into NSW and Victoria by Thursday (pictured)
Two other passengers, a man and woman, escaped with minor injuries.
While the far west starts to dry out, the Bureau of Meteorology warns the rain will continue to fall.
Heavy downpours and possible thunderstorms are forecast for the central, southern and southeast regions of Queensland on Thursday.
Weatherzone had warned the system could see three to five months worth of rain in some parts of the state.
‘These could produce damaging wind gusts and also intense rainfall that could lead to life-threatening flash flooding,’ meteorologist Christie Johnson said.
‘Moving into Friday, we see the focus move to the southeast and, after that, the system moves away to the east and conditions improve on the weekend.’
Rainfall totals across the east of the state were generally between 50-70 mm, with areas between the Daintree and Mackay, the Sunshine Coast and Central Queensland recording more than 100mm on Wednesday.
Three people in a ute (pictured) were swept off a causeway near Mackay on Wednesday with one woman unable to be rescued
Brisbane (pictured) is set to be drenched with locals urged not to travel unless necessary as there will likely be disruptions caused by the weather event
A major flood warning is current for the Haughton River and a moderate flood warning is current for the Bohle River.
Beaches on the Gold and Sunshine coast are expected to remain closed with dangerous surf and huge swell along the coastline.
Sydneysiders can also expect to see rain as they finish their working week before the system eases off heading into the weekend.
‘We are expecting rainfall today,’ a Bureau of Meteorology meteorologist said.
‘It’s already started to shower a bit, with totals expected to reach 10-20mm today.
Sydneysiders will finish off their working week with rain before the wet weather eases over the weekend
‘The system that’s bringing that rainfall will continue moving over Sydney tomorrow.
‘There will be a shower or to but move away later in the day with conditions improving into the afternoon and evening.
‘Then the weekend’s looking pretty good with a slight chance of showers on Saturday and Sunday.’
The NSW coast is predicted to be battered by heavy winds on Friday and Saturday.
The BoM has issued a Marine Wind Warning for the Byron Coast, Coffs Coast, Macquarie Coast, Hunter Coast, Sydney Coast, Illawarra Coast, Batemans Coast and Eden Coast.
The BoM has issued a Marine Wind Warning for several regions off the NSW coast including the Sydney Coast, Illawarra Coast, and Batemans Coast
Melbourne is forecast for a grey weekend with high chances of low rainfall heading into next week.
‘Melbourne could get a shower today,’ the BoM meteorologist said. ‘We’re right on the bottom of the weather system that’s affecting Queensland and New South Wales.’
‘A cold front will move through Melbourne on the weekend, so we’ll see showers on Saturday and hang around on Sunday.
‘The coolest of that air will start to come in on Monday and Tuesday, with showers expected each day.’
Perth residents some drizzle in coming days as heavy rainfall eases on Thursday into light showers over the weekend.
Melbourne is forecast for a grey weekend with high chances of low rainfall heading into next week
Lucky Darwin residents will have a chance to soak up the sun from Sunday and heading into next week
Cloudy weather is settling in over Adelaide but no rain is expected until Saturday, with a maximum rainfall of 3mm forecast.
Thursday’s clouds will partially leave Hobart on Friday before light showers set in Saturday through to next week.
The grey skies are predicted to be paired with cold temperatures with a low of 9C expected on Friday.
Canberra’s rain on Thursday will ease into showers over the weekend before moving away Sunday night.
Darwin will see a cloudy start to the weekend before the sunshine moves in on Sunday and sticks around through to next Tuesday.
The sunny weather will see maximum temperatures reach the low thirties and lows sit comfortably in the low twenties.
MAJOR CITIES’ FOUR DAY FORECAST
Thursday Rain. Possible heavy falls. Max 18
Friday Shower or two. Min 7 Max 19
Saturday Shower or two. Min 9 Max 20
Sunday Early shower or two. Min 10 Max 20
Thursday Partly cloudy. Max 20
Friday Partly cloudy. Min 14 Max 23
Saturday Shower or two. Min 17 Max 21
Sunday Shower or two. Min 14 Max 20
Thursday Shower or two developing. Max 19
Friday Possible shower. Min 13 Max 20
Saturday Shower or two. Min 16 Max 20
Sunday Possible shower. Min 14 Max 20
Thursday Cloudy. Max 19
Friday Partly cloudy. Min 9 Max 18
Saturday Showers. Min 11 Max 18
Sunday Shower or two. Min 12 Max 19
Thursday Rain. Max 17
Friday Showers easing. Min 11 Max 19
Saturday Shower or two. Min 11 Max 21
Sunday Shower or two. Min 11 Max 19
Thursday Rain periods. Max 23
Friday Shower or two. Min 17 Max 25
Saturday Partly cloudy. Min 16 Max 27
Sunday Shower or two. Min 18 Max 25
Thursday Rain. Max 24
Friday Rain. Min 20 Max 24
Saturday Showers. Min 20 Max 25
Sunday Showers. Min 19 Max 27
Thursday Partly cloudy. Max 32
Friday Partly cloudy. Min 25 Max 31
Saturday Partly cloudy. Min 25 Max 32
Sunday Sunny. Min 24 Max 33
Source: Bureau of Meteorology