The Bureau of Meteorology is warning Queenslanders to be prepared for wild weather expected to lash Brisbane, the Gold Coast, and southeast Queensland from Friday.
It said on Thursday that heavy rain in the state’s southeast could even cause flooding with more than 200mm of rain expected to fall on the Gold Coast over the weekend.
A possible low pressure system was bringing the chance of severe weather developing through parts of southeast Queensland, the BOM said in a tweet on Thursday night.
“Currently watching a possible low pressure system. If it forms, it may bring heavy rain and even some areas of flooding from Sunday or Monday,” the BOM said in a tweet.
Brisbane is expecting up to 20mm of rain on Saturday, followed by 80mm on Sunday and then 70mm on Monday.
The Gold Coast is expecting to see up to 35mm of rainfall on Saturday, followed by 90mm on Sunday and 90mm again on Monday.
“It could be quite a big event for the southeast,” BOM meteorologist Pieter Claassen told the Courier Mail.
“We could be seeing triple digit falls in the Sunshine Coast to Gold Coast region, including Brisbane, starting from Sunday afternoon and we are expecting the worst to last right through to Monday morning or Monday afternoon.”
Classen also warned of the potential of 8m waves hitting coast lines from the Sunshine Coast to the Gold Coast.
“We may also get significant storm tides with the event as well … max wave heights in excess of 8m are possible, but yes very large, greater than 4m are possible from Sunday to Monday,” he said.
The fresh warnings come in the wake of the cleanup effort which began on Tuesday in Queensland after a massive storm swept across the state’s southeast on Monday.
Bribie Island copped the brunt of the savage system, with sheets of rain, marble-sized hail and gusts of wind over 100km/h.