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Drenching for Queensland's Coast

Joel Pippard, Saturday May 26, 2018 - 12:00 EST

Rainfall of over 50mm has been recorded along the Sunshine State's coast overnight with plenty more to come.

The heaviest rain fell over the Sunshine Coast with 61mm recorded at Bundilla and 53mm at Tewantin. The Sunshine Coast Airport picked up 48mm overnight with persistent showers lasting from about 8:30 pm Friday to 3am Saturday.

At Hamilton Island, an isolated thunderstorm with just 33 ground and cloud strikes brought an impressive 10mm of rain in just 10 minutes and winds gusts of 72km/h around 9pm last night. All up, they received 43mm in the 24 hours to 9am

In the North Tropical Coast, a rainfall gauge at Clyde Road recorded 58mm as a rainband moving overhead stalled as it hit the nearby mountains.

Several wind gusts greater than 70km/h have been recorded along the Great Barrier Reef and exposed locations along the entire QLD coast since yesterday afternoon.

These showers, storms, and winds are being caused by a combination of an offshore trough, an inland trough and strong onshore winds from a high to the south. These troughs will linger for most of the coming week continue to produce this weather. Thunderstorms look to peak in frequency on Tuesday as a trough from the south adds in to the mix.

- Weatherzone

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