Up to 75mm of rain to fall by Sunday before Iris dies
EX-TROPICAL Cyclone Iris is on the way out but she's not done yet - dumping up to 50mm of rain on the Mackay region overnight.
The unpredictable weather system will die out by the end of this week, forecasters predict, but until that happens, expect more rain.
Falls of 15-25mm a day were forecast for the Mackay region over the next few days, Chris Joseph, of the Bureau of Meteorology, said, but the rain should ease by Sunday.
The heaviest fall to 9am Thursday was 49mm at the BoM's Clarke Range alert, near Eungella.
The rain was widespread in the Pioneer Valley, Greenmount recording 44mm. Mackay received around 32mm.
Showers can be expected through the Central Coast and Central Highlands regions as easterly winds pushing well inland.
Temperature wise there won't be too much change, with minimums around 22 degrees and maximums about 28 over the next few days.
Mr Joseph said ex-Tropical Cyclone Iris was "weakening as we speak".
Now a low pressure system, he said it was not expected to develop further but would move west over the next day or so into the Gulf of Carpenteria before disappearing.
While this would mean showers for the central coast, Mr Joseph said he hoped that by Sunday Iris would have gone.
Ex-tropical cyclone Iris currently lies over the northern Coral Sea and is expected to move slowly to the west, remaining off the Queensland coast in the short to medium term.
A high pressure system over the southern Tasman Sea will move northeastwards over the next few days, extending a firm ridge along the east Queensland coast for the remainder of the week. Moist air will spread further inland as the flow tends more onshore.
A surface trough will enter the southwest of the state on Friday, and shift east over the course of the weekend.
Cloudy. High (80%) chance of showers, becoming less likely late this afternoon and evening. Winds easterly 20 to 30 km/h becoming light in the evening. Daytime maximum temperatures 24 to 29.
Fire Danger - Low-Moderate
Sun protection 8:40am to 3:10pm, UV Index predicted to reach 10 [Very High]
Friday, April 13
Cloudy. High (70%) chance of showers. Light winds becoming easterly 15 to 25 km/h in the morning then becoming light in the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to between 18 and 21 with daytime temperatures reaching the mid to high 20s.
Saturday, April 14
Partly cloudy. High (80%) chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm in the south in the afternoon and evening. Light winds. Overnight temperatures falling to between 18 and 21 with daytime temperatures reaching around 30.
Sunday, April 15
Partly cloudy. Medium (40%) chance of showers. Light winds. Overnight temperatures falling to between 17 and 21 with daytime temperatures reaching around 30.
District rainfall recorded in the 24 hours to 9am Thursday:
- Clarke Range - 49mm
- Greenmount - 44mm
- Walkerston - 42mm
- Mt Vince - 41mm
- Eungella - 38mm
- Dumbleton - 37mm
- Hospital Bridge - 33mm
- Marian Weir - 32mm
- Mackay - 32mm
- Gooseponds - 26mm
- Ooralea - 15mm