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Record-October rain in eastern Queensland

Ben Domensino, Tuesday October 3, 2017 - 12:19 EDT

Parts of eastern Queensland received more than three months worth of rain on Monday during the season's first soaking.

An upper level low moving across the state's south caused widespread rain and thunderstorms over central and eastern districts yesterday.

The heaviest falls occurred along the coast where moisture-laden onshore winds from the Coral Sea produced hundreds of millimetres of rain in a matter of hours.

Bundaberg Airport's 239mm during the 24 hours to 9am today was its heaviest rain since 2013 and their heaviest October rain on record. The deluge was also 3.5 times Bundaberg's monthly average at this time of year.

The highest rainfall totals for the 24 hours ending 9am today were 319mm at another rain gauge in Bundaberg and 303mm at Woodgate.

Further south, Noosaville collected 124mm up to 9am today, its heaviest October rain since 2010.

Falls of 50-80mm also occurred in central Queensland near Springsure and up to 63mm was registered near Roma in the Darling Downs. On average, these areas usually see about 50mm during October.

The upper-level low that caused yesterday's deluge in Queensland is moving towards the southeast today, allowing the heaviest rainfall to move offshore.

Despite lighter falls, showers and thunderstorms will occur over the southeast quarter of Queensland and a large area of northeast NSW today. Some of these storms may be severe.

The latest storm warning are available at: http://www.weatherzone.com.au/warnings.jsp

- Weatherzone

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