EXPECT more gloomy weather like this at Alexandra Headland through to at least Sunday according to the weather bureau.
EXPECT more gloomy weather like this at Alexandra Headland through to at least Sunday according to the weather bureau. John McCutcheon

Low blow brings Coast more rain

THE emergence of another low pressure system off the Sunshine Coast overnight is expected to produce more rain across the region than experienced Tuesday.

Cloudy days with showers and patches of heavy rain are expected to continue through to Sunday when the Bureau of Meteorology expects a return to sunny skies.

Forecaster Janine Yuasa however warns significant uncertainty remains with of the presence of two low pressure systems and an upper level trough.

Ms Yuasa said a weak low formed Tuesday off Moreton Island moving rapidly north west towards the Sunshine Coast bringing an increased chance of showers.

A strong wind warning remains current for Sunshine Coast coastal waters and life guards are warning of increased rough surf on exposed beaches.

Ms Yuasa said Wednesday was expected to bring more rain that Tuesday which saw Bribie Island record 54mm, Maleny 26, Caloundra, 23, Tewantin 20 and Noosa 19mm.

She said transient weak low pressure systems above 1010 hp in intensity were not uncommon at this time of year where there was a combination of an upper level trough and a surface low.

Wednesday will reach a maximum of 23 degrees with up to 20mm of rain at Maroochydore with showers and drizzle likely to produce falls to greater levels in places.

Winds will be south to south east to 30 kmh over land and up to 30 knots (55.6 kmh) over water.

Thursday will also be cloudy with showers and southerly winds to 30 kmh on a day which will dawn to an overnight minimum of 15 degrees before warming to 23 degrees.

Friday will be similar with some patches of sunshine through the cloud and southerly winds overnight to 20 kmh turning south easterly during the day before dropping out.

Saturday is also expected to be cloudy with 40% chance of rain and the temperature reaching 23 degrees on a day when winds are expected to be light throughout.

Sunday is predicted to see the sunshine return on a day with light winds before a cooler change Monday will bring a 10 degree overnight minimum before a cooler maximum of 21 degrees with southerly winds to 25 kmh.



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