Widespread cloud and rain has covered eastern QLD, but the sun is on its way.
Gympie saw it's heaviest July rain in 25 years, with 43mm falling in the rain gauge to 9am Tuesday. The bulk of the rain fell thick and fast on Monday evening. South of Gympie, the rain gauge at Cooran recorded a total of 50mm. Other areas in the Wide Bay/Burnett district missed out in the bulk of the rain, only recording 8mm at Toolara and 7mm at Gayndah and Kingaroy.
A band of cloud associated with a low pressure trough is the culprit of the recent rainfall. The trough will continue to bring showers along the south-east again, with the heaviest falls most likely to be between Gladstone and Brisbane today, potentially adding another 5-10mm, with isolated falls of 10-20mm.
The trough will quickly shift off the coast tonight, dragging the cloudy conditions which have brought warmer-than-average mornings away. Clearer skies as well as a cooler air mass, will bring about a cooler morning for wide areas of the south east, with Brisbane potentially falling to eight degrees overnight, and Mackay settling just over the double digits of 10 degrees. This would be a whole eight degrees cooler than the previous day.
As a high pressure ridge rebuilds over the coast, settled and mostly sunny conditions will return for the remainder of the week, with the odd coastal shower lingering in onshore winds.
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19:48 EST A large and powerful easterly swell is filling in along the east coast of Australia.