Severe storms and more heavy rain to come
HEAVY rain again drenched areas of the Sunshine Coast on Thursday with more on the way on what is shaping up as a weekend of contrasts.
Ball Lookout at Eumundi received 111mm in the 23 hours to 8am this morning, Diddillibah 107mm and Doonan Creek 84mm to record some of the heaviest totals.
The Maroochy intake weir (73mm), Yandina (77mm), Cooloolabin (69mm), Black Mountain (755mm) Kin Kin (75mm, Upper Doonan (56mm), Nambour (51) and Mapleton (50mm) also received a good soaking.
Sunshine Coast Airport which topped the tally yesterday on 118mm recorded only 32.4mm to 8am this morning while at the bottom of the Coast, Beerburrum totalled only 6.4mm.
Palmwoods (41mm), Meridan Way and Mountain Creek (40mm) and Coolum (20mm) also received more than earlier forecast.
Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Harry Clark said without the upper trough influence from ex-Cyclone Trevor falls would be lighter through today.
But he said persisting shallow onshore showers would still see some reasonable totals recorded.
Into tomorrow winds would begin shifting to the north ahead of a trough pushing in from the west generating increasing cloud and developing showers and thunderstorms.
Mr Clark said the cloud cover would form an extensive band by early evening pushing thunderstorms ahead of it and with embedded severe storms in the trough as it passes through the region.
He said the storms would bring with them the potential for heavy rain and damaging winds.
By Sunday morning the trough system will have pushed off the coast leaving dryer south-westerly winds behind it which would swing south east through the day.
"There will be a marked change,” he said "This will be the coolest change in quite a while.”
While the south easterlies in the afternoon would push moisture back onto the coast keeping the day time maximum around 27C, further inland towards Kingaroy, people will wake to a new working week Monday after overnight temperatures that were expected to drop to 10-11C.
There'll be slim pickings for surfers across the weekend. A cyclone expected to form south of Papua New Guinea on Monday was unlikely to move into the Coral Sea.
Instead it would be pushed to the western side of a ridge of high pressure westward into the Northern Territory and then off West Australia.