Parts of southeast QLD have seen a month's worth of rain in the last 24 hours, helping it become a very wet June in some places.
Southeasterly winds over the Tasman Sea are delivering copious amounts of moisture into a trough along Australia's east coast, causing heavy and persistent rain.
During the 24 hours to 9am this morning, widespread falls of more than 30mm were recorded in southeast QLD and northeast NSW. Both states received more than 50mm in places, although the heaviest rain was on the NSW Mid North Coast.
Coffs Harbour received 87mm in 24 hours, which is more than two thirds of the monthly average. While less fell north of the border, the rain was more widespread in southeast QLD. Taroom in the Central Highlands saw 44mm, compared to its monthly average of 34mm. This brought their total for the month to 129mm, their highest recorded June total in 100 years.
Other places that saw close to their monthly average in a day included Kingaroy and Jimna on QLD's Southeast Coast. Brisbane was steadily soaked with 27mm of rain, their heaviest since April, while Redcliffe collected 44mm.
The trough will linger on Wednesday and Thursday, causing heavy rain to continue. An additional 30-50mm may fall anywhere between about Coffs Harbour and Noosa during the next 48 hours, with localised totals of up to 100mm possible, most likely near the coast.
Showers will continue on Friday but will ease significantly as the trough moves away from the coast. Fortunately for most, drier conditions will arrive just in time for the weekend.
© Weatherzone 2012
19:36 EST Over the past 24 hours, a northwest cloud band has delivered some spectacular rain from the northwest WA to the inland SA and the NT.