Flood damage in the Gladstone region due to severe storms.
Flood damage in the Gladstone region due to severe storms. Contributed

Rainy start to week with weather warning still in place

IT'S going to be a rainy start to the week for the Gladstone region.

Bureau of Metrology observer Damien Ousley said conditions over the next three days would be unstable.

"Gladstone can expect rain and a possible storm on Monday and cloudy with isolated showers on Tuesday," Mr Ousley said.

"We could see between 100-200mm of rain as the storm systems move through.

"It won't be cyclonic but the winds will certainly pick up to about 30 knots."

Mr Ousley said Gladstone could expect temperatures in the high 20s.

The weather bureau issued a severe thunderstorm and heavy rainfall warning on Sunday morning which remains in place.

At 4am Sunday, a slow moving upper trough and associated upper low were situated across Central Queensland.

The upper trough and low are expected to move slowly eastwards today. A surface trough off the central and south-east Queensland coast is expected to move westwards and onto the coast during today.

Areas of heavy rain which may lead to flash flooding are expected to develop in the Southeast Coast, Wide Bay and Burnett and far southern parts of the Capricornia districts.

Twenty-four hour totals of between 100 to 200mm are likely, with locally heavier totals of more than 200mm possible, particularly near the coast and about adjacent inland areas.

Periods of more intense rain may deliver totals of up to 100mm over a shorter duration of up to six hours.

Locations which may be affected include Gladstone, Gympie, Bundaberg, Kingaroy, Hervey Bay, Fraser Island, the Sunshine Coast and adjacent hinterland areas, Brisbane, Ipswich and the Gold Coast and adjacent hinterland areas.