Heavy rainfall prompted by ex-tropical cyclone Oswald is expected to continue and spread south across Queensland and into northern New South Wales over the rest of the Australia Day weekend.
The Bureau of Meteorology's suggest the heavy falls that have already caused havoc in central and southern Queensland will continue until at least Monday night.
The animated image above shows forecast rainfall every five hours over the Australia Day weekend.
The bureau notes these weather maps are produced from computer models and forecasters then use them to develop their official weather maps.
The maps suggest falls of more than 200 millimetres are expected in some areas within a three-hour period.
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17:08 EDT A high pressure ridge cleared skies and a cool air mass created the perfect conditions for temperatures to drop well below the monthly average in parts of New South Wales.