Severe weather warnings for Queensland, NSW and SA as ‘slow-moving’ trough moves across country

Heavy rain has flooded communities in Far North and inland Queensland, with a severe weather warnings currently in place for three states.

The wet weather is being caused by a slow-moving coastal trough, which is expected to move offshore later today.

Until it does it’s expected to cause “unsettled” wet weather across inland Queensland, South Australia and western NSW.

Queensland has seen the heaviest falls, with moderate flooding currently occurring at Daintree Village after 70mm of rain was recorded yesterday.

“Significant” rainfall totals was observed at Stoney Creek, which received 298mm in 12 hours, and Toolakea, which saw 266mm in six hours.

A severe weather warning is currently in place for parts of Herbert and Lower Burdekin Forecast District as the weather system tracks further south.

“Heavy rainfall which may lead to flash flooding is forecast to continue for areas between Ingham and Giru for the remainder of the morning,” the BoM said.

“Isolated six-hourly rainfall totals between 140 to 180 mm are possible.”

Locations which may be affected include Townsville, Woodstock and Rollingstone.

Oondooroo Creek near Winton in outback Queensland has flooded. (Frank Standfast)
Water is also spilling over Crawford Creek near Winton, Queensland
Water is also spilling over Crawford Creek near Winton, Queensland (Frank Standfast)

A Moderate Flood Warning is current for the Bohle River.

It’s just one of several in the state with flood warnings also in place for: the Daintree River, Mossman River, Mulgrave River, Russell River, Tully and Murray Rivers, lower Herbert River, Haughton River Catchment, Balonne River, Thomson and Barcoo Rivers, and Diamantina River.

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A severe weather warning has also been issued for South Australia with Flinders and parts of Eastern Eyre Peninsula, Mid North, North West Pastoral and North East Pastoral districts put on alert.

In NSW people in parts of the Lower Western and Upper Western Forecast Districts are also warned flash flooding could occur.

Residents in NSW'S far west are urged to take care on roads, as a trough brings the potential of flash flooding. Alt
Residents in NSW’S far west are urged to take care on roads, as a trough brings the potential of flash flooding. (BOM)

However, while the rain has prompted warnings from the Bureau, many in outback Queensland are rejoicing as water seeps into the parched earth.

“March rainfall was below average for most of the Northern Territory, western and central parts of Queensland, western parts of Tasmania, and across much of South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula,” BoM said.

Jill Dyer's garden in Stainburn Downs, Queensland now resembles a pool.
Jill Dyer’s garden in Stainburn Downs, Queensland now resembles a pool. (Jill Dyer)

Jill Dyer’s yard in Stainburn Downs has transformed into a pool after she received 120mm over the last three days.

“Best rainfall we’ve had in 10 years,” she told 9News.

“Might have to get some ducks.”

Read on to find out what the weather is doing across the nation’s capitals today.

“Patchy rain” will fall on Brisbane today, which has a low of 17C and a high of 24C forecast.

Currently, 12.2mm rain has fallen since 9am since yesterday.

Showers will also soak the Harbour City, which will experience a low of 15C and a high of 23C.

Residents in Canberra will shiver through a chilly 7C morning. The temperature will climb to a high of 19C.

It will be partly cloudy.

A low of 10C and a high of 23C is forecast for the Victorian capital today.

It will be a partly cloudy day.

Similar conditions will be experienced in Hobart, which also has a partly cloudy day ahead.

A low of 11C and a high of 19C is forecast.

A “shower or two” will fall on Adelaide today. A low of 17C and a high of 22C is forecast.

It will be mostly sunny in Darwin today, reaching a maximum temperature of 34C.

And showers are increasing in Perth, with 15 mm of rain falling since 9am yesterday.

Showers are most likely during this afternoon and evening. There’s also a chance a gusty thunderstorm could sweep through the city later in the afternoon.

The mercury will climb to a maximum of 22C.

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