Showers expected to continue until Tuesday across Qld

HOT and cold, wet and dry - Queensland's weather will play out much like a Katy Perry song on Monday.

Tropical Cyclone Gillian, a category one system, and a second tropical low sitting a little lower down the coast in the Coral Sea near Townsville and Bowen, are to blame.

Sitting off the coast west of Weipa in north Queensland, Gillian is helping to whip up moist south-easterly winds, in conjunction with the tropical low, which are intermittently dumping their load across the south east.

The Bureau of Metrology's Ken Kato said that was likely to continue until Tuesday.

"There is a fair bit of cloud around...with some showers around the area as well, but from Tuesday those clouds and showers should gradually get few and far between with more sunny periods," he said.

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The latest weather bureau forecast for Monday is for scattered showers , areas of rain and isolated thunderstorms about the central coast and islands with possible heavy falls.

Areas of rain and showers extending into the central interior, with possible isolated showers also extending into the central west and Maranoa.

Isolated to scattered showers over the southeast, more frequent near the Wide Bay and Fraser coasts.

Rain areas with thunderstorms and possible locally heavy falls about the western Peninsula and far northern Gulf Country.

Isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms over the remaining tropics.

Fine and mostly sunny in the southwest. Gales over eastern Gulf of Carpentaria waters and near the west Peninsula coast, increasing to storm force during the day.

Gales over east coast waters between about Cairns and Cape Capricorn. Moderate to fresh and gusty east to southeast winds elsewhere, tending northwesterly in the far north.

For Tuesday, the high in the Tasman Sea should maintain a ridge along the southern Queensland coast.

At this stage it is likely that rain areas and possible thunderstorms will decrease over the central and far southern tropical coasts during the morning as Tropical Cyclone Hadi shifts further north over the Coral Sea.

Thundery rain areas with some heavy falls are also likely about the Gulf of Carpentaria coast, particularly in the south.

Showers and isolated thunderstorms are expected over the remaining tropics, with some isolated shower activity most likely extending through the northwest of the state.

Conditions will stabilise over the southeast following the passage of the upper trough with isolated showers expected. Fine and mostly sunny conditions should occur through the southern interior.