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Northeast Queensland has been hit by a torrential rain system which is expected to last for days, causing life-threatening flash flooding across the region.

An intense weather system hovering near the state’s northeast tropical coast has pushed wild weather onshore, with total rainfalls over 750mm predicted as the severe weather stretches into the weekend.

The deepening low pressure system will see moderate to heavy rain from the Lockhart River down to Mackay from Thursday afternoon until late Friday.

An intense weather system is forecast to strike the northeast to central Queensland coast on Thursday afternoon with total rainfalls over 750mm predicted

An intense weather system is forecast to strike the northeast to central Queensland coast on Thursday afternoon with total rainfalls over 750mm predicted

An intense weather system is forecast to strike the northeast to central Queensland coast on Thursday afternoon with total rainfalls over 750mm predicted

The deepening low pressure system will form a bullseye over Townsville early Friday morning and then travel to Cairns and Innisfail later that night

The deepening low pressure system will form a bullseye over Townsville early Friday morning and then travel to Cairns and Innisfail later that night

The deepening low pressure system will form a bullseye over Townsville early Friday morning and then travel to Cairns and Innisfail later that night

Torrential rain will be focused in the region between Cooktown and Townsville.

Radars show a ‘bullseye’ of the storm will form over Townsville from early Friday morning before moving towards Cairns and Innisfail later that night.

NORTHEAST QLD FLOOD WARNING 

The Bureau of Meteorology have issued a flood-watch for the coastal catchments between Rollingstone and the Daintree. 

This affects residents in:

  • Palm Island
  • Ingham
  • Innisfail
  • Cairns
  • Yarrabah
  • Port Douglas
  • Mossman 
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The bullseye will then move to centre of Cooktown on Saturday morning.

The region is forecast to see up to 400mm of rain between Friday and Saturday and eight day totals up to 750mm, almost a metre of rain.

BOM Meteorologist Miriam Bradbury said the system, which is currently sitting close to the coast, has already begun pushing significant moisture onshore.

She said there has already been significant thunderstorm activity developing around the trough – even though it is still over the sea. 

‘In the 24 hours to 9am this morning we’ve seen rainfall totals between 20 and 40mm about the north tropical coast,’ she said.  

In that time, the Lockhart River region has already been bombarded with 74.2mm of rain and Hamilton Island with around 60mm. 

‘Because of these high rainfall amounts we are seeing we have a severe weather warning current, which extends from Daintree Village down towards Rollingstone,’ Ms Bradbury said.

Residents along the northeast Queensland coastline have been warned to prepare for potentially life-threatening flash floods. 

‘Within this area we could see heavy or locally intense rainfall, which could cause flash flooding,’ Ms Bradbury said.

‘This sort of rain can cut off roads and transport routes and cause landslips, as well as damage to homes, businesses, and properties.’ 

Residents along the northeast Queensland coastline have been warned to prepare for potentially life-threatening flash floods

Residents along the northeast Queensland coastline have been warned to prepare for potentially life-threatening flash floods

Residents along the northeast Queensland coastline have been warned to prepare for potentially life-threatening flash floods

Heavy rain is forecast to fall on Queensland's northeast coast from Thursday with totals up to 750mm expected

Heavy rain is forecast to fall on Queensland's northeast coast from Thursday with totals up to 750mm expected

Heavy rain is forecast to fall on Queensland’s northeast coast from Thursday with totals up to 750mm expected

Rain began moving in on the northeast Queensland coast Thursday morning with the Lockhart River region recording 74.2mm in the 24-hour period to 9am Thursday

Rain began moving in on the northeast Queensland coast Thursday morning with the Lockhart River region recording 74.2mm in the 24-hour period to 9am Thursday

Rain began moving in on the northeast Queensland coast Thursday morning with the Lockhart River region recording 74.2mm in the 24-hour period to 9am Thursday

By Saturday afternoon the system will have begun its journey westward where it will also bring moderate to heavy rainfall to southwest Queensland and southeast Northern Territory.

By Sunday morning the rain will mostly be focused on the border between Queensland and the Northern Territory, as well as central South Australia, before spreading Sunday night to include more of west Queensland.

Heavy rain will continue to fall in those areas through to Monday night. 

Alice Springs and Darwin are not forecast by the Bureau of Meteorology to be hit by the system but will see overcast skies, resulting in a grey weekend.

Adelaide – originally forecast to steer clear of the weather – will see some of the storm’s rain from Monday through to Wednesday next week but is not expected to see more than 4mm in a 24-hour period. 

The torrential rain system - beginning on QLD's northeast coast - will forge a path through the outback to central South Australia on Monday night

The torrential rain system - beginning on QLD's northeast coast - will forge a path through the outback to central South Australia on Monday night

The torrential rain system – beginning on QLD’s northeast coast – will forge a path through the outback to central South Australia on Monday night

Brisbane residents will also see light rain from Friday with showers forecast through to next Wednesday.

Sky News Weather reports a ‘broad high pressure system’ is forming on Western Australia and South Australia’s shared southern coastline on Thursday.   

The coastline is expected to see light to moderate rain through to Friday night.

That system will see Victoria’s recent soggy weather clear for a few days but will push rain towards the New South Wales coast.

Sydney is set to see a dreary week ahead with showers up to 10mm expected through to next Wednesday.

NSW's coast will see more wet weather with showers forecast from Byron Bay through to Nowra heading into next week

NSW's coast will see more wet weather with showers forecast from Byron Bay through to Nowra heading into next week

NSW’s coast will see more wet weather with showers forecast from Byron Bay through to Nowra heading into next week

Sydney is set to see a dreary week ahead with showers up to 10mm expected through to next Wednesday

Sydney is set to see a dreary week ahead with showers up to 10mm expected through to next Wednesday

Sydney is set to see a dreary week ahead with showers up to 10mm expected through to next Wednesday

The rest of NSW’s coast will see similar weather with showers forecast from Byron Bay through to Nowra.

Canberrans can expect to receive some of the cloud overage from the system but are not expected to see any rain until next Wednesday. 

Winter came early to Tasmania on Wednesday night with residents on the Central Plateau and near Mount Wellington waking up to snow flurries above 900m. 

The chilly weather is set to continue over the weekend in Hobart with maximum temperatures below 20C. 

Winter came early to Tasmania on Wednesday night with excited residents around Mount Field discovering the first snowfall of the year on Thursday morning

Winter came early to Tasmania on Wednesday night with excited residents around Mount Field discovering the first snowfall of the year on Thursday morning

Winter came early to Tasmania on Wednesday night with excited residents around Mount Field discovering the first snowfall of the year on Thursday morning

Melbourne residents can expect partly cloudy weather until Wednesday next week and a minimum temperature of 9C consistent through to Monday

Melbourne residents can expect partly cloudy weather until Wednesday next week and a minimum temperature of 9C consistent through to Monday

Melbourne residents can expect partly cloudy weather until Wednesday next week and a minimum temperature of 9C consistent through to Monday

Melbourne will stay grey for the weekend with partly cloudy weather expected until Wednesday next week and a minimum temperature of 9C consistent through to Monday.

Residents in southeast Western Australia – including Perth – will see three separate bouts of rain next week.

The first is forecast to hit early Tuesday morning, followed by another on Wednesday, and a third on Thursday.

Eight-day rainfall totals are forecast to sit between 25mm to 50mm in the region. 

FOUR DAY FORECAST 

MAJOR CITIES  

PERTH

Thursday Sunny. Max 28

Friday Sunny. Min 15 Max 28

Saturday Sunny. Min 15 Max 28

Sunday Sunny. Min 16 Max 30

ADELAIDE

Thursday Partly cloudy. Max 21

Friday Partly cloudy. Min 12 Max 20

Saturday Partly cloudy. Min 11 Max 22

Sunday Partly cloudy. Min 14 Max 25

MELBOURNE

Thursday Cloudy. Max 17

Friday Partly cloudy. Min 9 Max 18

Saturday Partly cloudy. Min 9 Max 19

Sunday Mostly sunny. Min 9 Max 19

HOBART

Thursday Partly cloudy. Max 14

Friday Partly cloudy. Min 7 Max 17

Saturday Partly cloudy. Min 8 Max 19

Sunday Partly cloudy. Min 10 Max 19 

CANBERRA

Thursday Partly cloudy. Max 19

Friday Partly cloudy. Min 5 Max 18

Saturday Partly cloudy. Min 5 Max 19

Sunday Partly cloudy. Min 6 Max 20 

SYDNEY

Thursday Shower or two developing. Max 23

Friday Showers increasing. Min 17 Max 21

Saturday Showers easing. Min 15 Max 22

Sunday Showers. Min 15 Max 22 

BRISBANE

Thursday Partly cloudy. Max 28

Friday Shower or two. Min 18 Max 26

Saturday Shower or two. Min 18 Max 25

Sunday Shower or two. Min 17 Max 25 

DARWIN

Thursday Mostly sunny. Max 36

Friday Mostly sunny. Min 25 Max 35

Saturday Mostly sunny. Min 24 Max 34

Sunday Mostly sunny. Min 25 Max 34

NORTHEAST QUEENSLAND

TOWNSVILLE 

Thursday Max 28 Rain at times. Chance of any rain: 95%  

Friday Min 21 Max 27 Rain at times. Possible heavy falls. Possible rainfall: 70 to 100 mm. Chance of any rain: 95% 

Saturday Min 21 Max 29 Possible shower. Possible rainfall: 0 to 5 mm. Chance of any rain: 40% 

Sunday Min 21 Max 29 Possible shower.Possible rainfall: 0 to 6 mm. Chance of any rain: 40%

INNISFAIL

Thursday Max 27 Rain at times. Chance of any rain: 100%   

Friday Min 21 Max 26 Rain at times. Possible heavy falls. Possible rainfall: 200 to 300 mm. Chance of any rain: 100%  

Saturday Min 21 Max 28 Showers. Possible rainfall: 30 to 70 mm. Chance of any rain: 95% 

Sunday Min 22 Max 27 Showers. Possible rainfall: 35 to 80 mm. Chance of any rain: 95%

CAIRNS

Thursday Max 28 Rain at times. Chance of any rain: 100%  

Friday Min 23 Max 27 Rain at times. Possible heavy falls. Possible rainfall: 100 to 150 mm. Chance of any rain: 100% 

Saturday Min 22 Max 28 Showers. Possible rainfall: 45 to 90 mm. Chance of any rain: 95% 

Sunday Min 23 Max 28 Showers. Possible rainfall: 35 to 80 mm. Chance of any rain: 95%

PORT DOUGLAS

Thursday Max 27 Rain at times. Chance of any rain: 100%  

Friday Min 24 Max 26 Rain at times. Possible rainfall: 100 to 150 mm. Chance of any rain: 100% 

Saturday Min 23 Max 26 Rain. Possible heavy falls. Possible rainfall: 80 to 150 mm. Chance of any rain: 95% 

Sunday Min 24 Max 26 Rain. Possible heavy falls. Possible rainfall: 50 to 120 mm. Chance of any rain: 95%

COOKTOWN

Thursday Max 28 Rain at times. Chance of any rain: 100%  

Friday Min 23 Max 29 Rain at times. Possible rainfall: 40 to 60 mm. Chance of any rain: 95% 

Saturday Min 22 Max 27 Rain. Possible heavy falls. Possible rainfall: 50 to 120 mm. Chance of any rain: 95% 

Sunday Min 22 Max 27 Rain. Possible heavy falls. Possible rainfall: 35 to 80 mm. Chance of any rain: 95%

LOCKHART RIVER

Thursday Max 29 Rain at times. Possible storm. Chance of any rain: 80% 

Friday Min 23 Max 30 Showers. Possible storm. Possible rainfall: 6 to 10 mm. Chance of any rain: 80% 

Saturday Min 23 Max 29 Showers. Possible storm. Possible rainfall: 10 to 30 mm. Chance of any rain: 95% 

Sunday Min 24 Max 28 Showers. Possible rainfall: 15 to 35 mm. Chance of any rain: 90%

Bureau of Meteorology

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