GLOOMY AND WET: Louise and Margaret Norton-Smith from Cornwall in the UK were at Alexandra Headland Beach where they found weather conditions not too dissimilar to home.
GLOOMY AND WET: Louise and Margaret Norton-Smith from Cornwall in the UK were at Alexandra Headland Beach where they found weather conditions not too dissimilar to home. John McCutcheon

Ex-cyclone delivers an end to long summer

HEAVY rain has begun falling across the Sunshine Coast as the remnants of ex-Tropical Cyclone Trevor began to make its presence felt across the state's south-east coastal districts.

Bribie Island and Caloundra were quick to reach totals generally of 30-35mm this morning, with Bureau of Meteorology forecaster David Crock saying totals of up to 60mm were likely in some places.

Pelican Waters, with 38mm, was an early stand out.

Mr Crock said rain should continue on and off through the day due to a combination of onshore south easterly flows and higher level falls generated off the ex-cyclone.

The remains of that low pressure system could still be detected over Mount Isa, generating a broad band of upper level cloud and rain that was effecting most of the state.

By Friday another upper level trough would begin to impact, Mr Crock said, but falls would be less wide spread and totals not as high.

It would generate showers and storms from the west into Saturday morning but would ease by Sunday leaving a largely sunny day with ideal beach conditions.

Temperature maximums would drop today and tomorrow to 26C accompanied by south, south-easterly winds at 15-25 kmh.

As the upper level trough dragged in warmer air from the west, temperatures would climb to 28C Friday and then 30C Saturday, before easing to 27C on Sunday.

The fluctuations, Mr Crock said, would signal the last of the really hot and humid conditions experienced through March, a month he said may be officially autumn but which always was more summer-like in character.

There was a strong wind warning for Sunshine Coast, Moreton Bay and Gold Coast coastal waters with winds of 15-20 knots increasing to 20-25 knots on Thursday.

Seas would increase from two to three metres from noon today but would then ease into the end of the week.



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