Australians have been told to brace for wild weather this week as one state swelters through an intense heatwave while another is plagued by heavy rain and floods.
Up to one metre of rain is predicted to fall on Queensland’s north and the Whitsundays by midweek as heavy showers and flooding continues.
The Bureau of Meteorology’s Dean Narramore warned the wet conditions would escalate this week with flash flooding and road closures in affected areas likely.
Areas like Mackay, Bowen, Ayr, St Lawrence, Porserpine, Airlie Beach are in the firing line of the heavy falls as severe weather warnings are issued.
Cairns could receive up to 80mm on Thursday, Townsville up to 100mm and in Mackay, about 13 hours from Brisbane, up to 200mm could fall on Tuesday alone.
‘If you live in these areas, that means rainfall today and tonight and into tomorrow is likely to lead to flash and riverine flooding,’ Mr Narramore said.
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