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TRAVEL & LEISURE

Brisbane Looks Set to Cop An Onslaught of Rain So Prepare Your Brollies

Parts of the Gold Coast experienced a drenching overnight — and Brisbane could receive up to 80 millimetres of rain today.
By Sarah Ward and Samantha Teague
December 13, 2020
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By Sarah Ward and Samantha Teague
December 13, 2020
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Summer is here, and so is Brisbane's rainy, stormy season. In fact, the arrival of wet weather with December has served up one of the only constants in this chaotic year. And today, Sunday, December 13, is definitely forecast to be wet — as is much of the week.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, the city is expected to be hit with up to 80 millimetres of rain on Sunday, after receiving 18.6 millimetres in the past 24 hours. On a day where the top temperature is only expected to reach 24 degrees, BOM is predicting between 35–80 millimetres, to be exact, via a 95-percent chance of showers. And, it also notes that "heavy rain that may lead to flash flooding is forecast to develop". BOM is also forecasting a possible thunderstorm, plus southeasterly winds at 20–25 kilometres per hour that'll turn southerly and reach 25–40 kilometres per hour in the late afternoon.

The warning comes after 313 millimetres of rain fell in the Upper Springbrook area surrounding the Gold Coast up until 1am this morning, with 279 millimetres of that coming within a six-hour period. Tomewin, in the Northern Rivers region, recorded 274 millimetres in the same six-hour block, while Currumbin Creek received 264 millimetres of rain — and rain and showers are expected to not only keep coming, but get more intense again in southeast Queensland south of Hervey Bay again this evening.

Unsurprisingly, BOM has issued a warning for a huge swathe of the state's southeast, including not only Brisbane, Redcliffe, Caboolture and Cleveland, but also the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Moreton Island, North Stradbroke Island, Fraser Island, Jimboomba, Beaudesert and Springbrook. Along the coastline, "abnormally high tides exceeding the highest tide of the year are expected to develop" — leading to dangerous surf conditions.

Brisbanites can expect wet weather through the week, as per the current forecasts, including between 25–60 millimetres on Monday. Across Tuesday–Thursday, there's a 60–80 percent chance of more rain, and temperatures aren't expected to exceed 29 degrees.

If you need to head out, don't forget to pack your umbrellas and raincoats — and keep an eye on the warnings.

To keep an eye on Brisbane's weather forecasts and warnings, head to the Bureau of Meteorology website.

Published on December 13, 2020 by Sarah Ward

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