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Erratic weather batters Queensland bringing flash flooding and crazy storms

Parts of Queensland are bracing for flash flooding and abnormally high tides as Cyclone Kimi continues its ‘erratic’ movement. 

The cyclone has weakened to a tropical low off far North Queensland but the Bureau of Meteorology says heavy rainfall is still expected to lash the region.     

‘Heavy rainfall with the potential to produce flash flooding and major river flooding may still affect coastal areas between Innisfail and Bowen on Tuesday and Wednesday if the remnant low moves closer to the coast,’ the Bureau said. 

Cyclone Kimi was about 135km from Townsville about 4am AEST on Tuesday, with winds of 65km/h and gusts up to 95km/h. 

Residents from Innisfail to Bowen, including Townsville, have also been told to prepare for abnormally high tides. 

Parts of North Queensland are expected to be hit by heavy rainfall and flash flooding as Cyclone Kimi moves along the coast

Parts of North Queensland are expected to be hit by heavy rainfall and flash flooding as Cyclone Kimi moves along the coast

'Cyclone Kimi has weakened into a tropical low off the north Queensland coast. Significant impacts on the coast are no longer expected, although heavy rainfall remains a possibility,' the Bureau of Meteorology said

‘Cyclone Kimi has weakened into a tropical low off the north Queensland coast. Significant impacts on the coast are no longer expected, although heavy rainfall remains a possibility,’ the Bureau of Meteorology said

There are warnings of abnormally high tides from Innisfail to Bowen in North Queensland. Pictured, Cyclone Kimi affecting the Townsville region

There are warnings of abnormally high tides from Innisfail to Bowen in North Queensland. Pictured, Cyclone Kimi affecting the Townsville region

Residents in parts of North Queensland have been warned heavy rainfall could lead to flash flooding. Pictured, Cyclone Kimi makes its presence felt in the Townsville region

Residents in parts of North Queensland have been warned heavy rainfall could lead to flash flooding. Pictured, Cyclone Kimi makes its presence felt in the Townsville region

A flood watch has been issued for waterways including the Mulgrave and Russell Rivers, Johnstone River, Tully River, Murray River, Herbert River, Black River, Haughton River, and Ross and Bohle Rivers. 

‘The system is expected to remain slow-moving well off the coast through much of (Tuesday), then begin tracking back towards the north-northwest from late this afternoon as a weak tropical low,’ the Bureau said.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner John Bolger said the cyclone still poses a risk and residents should remain vigilant.

‘While our coastal crossing is highly unlikely near, we’re still well within a severe weather event – very strong winds, and a lot of heavy rain – so that flash flooding and general flooding warning remains in place,’ he told Seven’s Sunrise program.

‘So we ask people to remain vigilant and can I just please stress to people that if it’s flooded, forget it.

‘We still have emergency response crews in place, south from Cairns and north from Townsville, so the emergency still exists, while we’re not dealing with a tropical cyclone we’re still in a very dangerous weather pattern.’

Mr Bolger said swift water rescue crews, helicopters and flood boats were standing by to deal with any flood rescues. 

The Bureau on Monday evening described the cyclone’s movement as ‘erratic’.    

Sydney was in for a shower or two on Tuesday but the weather will warm up later in the week, reaching 43C by Monday in the city's west. Pictured, storm clouds in Sydney on Tuesday

Sydney was in for a shower or two on Tuesday but the weather will warm up later in the week, reaching 43C by Monday in the city’s west. Pictured, storm clouds in Sydney on Tuesday

Sydney is in for warm weather this weekend with temperatures to be above 30C. Pictured, beachgoers at Mona Vale earlier this month

Sydney is in for warm weather this weekend with temperatures to be above 30C. Pictured, beachgoers at Mona Vale earlier this month 

The beach will be a popular place for Sydneysiders to be on the weekend as temperatures soar. Pictured, Bondi Beach

The beach will be a popular place for Sydneysiders to be on the weekend as temperatures soar. Pictured, Bondi Beach

Residents have been warned not to travel through flooded waters. 

‘I know we’re Queenslanders, I know we go through cyclones every single year but please do not be complacent,’ Queensland Police Minister Mark Ryan said Monday.

‘So if you’re in those areas you need to prepare… if it’s flooded forget it, have a plan about where you’ll be travelling, bear in mind where those river catchments are, be aware that during this event you could have flash flooding.’

Heavy rain was recorded further down the coast on Monday, with Redlands in Brisbane’s south-east recording 191mm in 25 hours – 95mm in one hour alone.

Showers are expected to ease later in the week, with the sun making a comeback by Friday.

The weekend will be scorching around the country, with temperatures soaring past 30C in most capital cities and getting as high as 43C in parts of Sydney.

Sydney will experience four consecutive days of temperatures of 30C and above starting from Friday. Pictured, Manly Beach

Sydney will experience four consecutive days of temperatures of 30C and above starting from Friday. Pictured, Manly Beach 

Canberra will get to 37C on Saturday, while Adelaide will be 39C.

Sydney will experience four consecutive days of temperatures in the 30s. 

Friday will be 33C in the harbour city, while Saturday will be 30C, on Sunday the temperature will get to 33C and on Monday it will soar to 34C. 

Penrith, in the city’s west, will be even hotter, with temperatures expected to hit 42C on Sunday and 43C on Monday. 

‘Thursday onwards we are seeing a gradual return of northerly to northwesterly winds transporting warm air to Sydney and (mostly) sunny forecasts, pushing up the maximum temperatures,’ the Bureau’s Meteorologist Melody Sturm told Daily Mail Australia.

‘Friday there is a slight chance of a shower or a thunderstorm. The (long) weekend is expected to be very warm to hot and mostly sunny, although a chance of a shower could return for Monday. 

‘With the heat we will be seeing severe heatwave conditions for Sydney this weekend.’ 

FIVE DAY WEATHER IN YOUR CITY 

SYDNEY 

TUESDAY: Mostly sunny. Min 18 – Max 29

WEDNESDAY: Possible early shower. Min 19 – Max 25 

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny. Min 16 – Max 27 

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny. Min 19 – Max 33

SATURDAY: Sunny. Min 21 – Max 30 

BRISBANE         

TUESDAY: Showers. Min 22 – Max 29

WEDNESDAY: Possible shower. Min 21 – Max 28 

THURSDAY: Showers. Min 22 – Max 29

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny. Min 19 – Max 30 

SATURDAY: Sunny. Min 20 – Max 31 

ADELAIDE      

TUESDAY: Cloud clearing. Min 14 – Max 29

WEDNESDAY: Sunny. Min 16 – Max 32

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny. Min 18 – Max 35

FRIDAY: Sunny. Min 18 – Max 33

SATURDAY: Very hot and sunny. Min 20 – Max 39 

CANBERRA    

TUESDAY: Sunny. Min 12 – Max 28

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny. Min 9 – Max 26

THURSDAY: Sunny. Min 9 – Max 31

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny. Min 14 – Max 35

SATURDAY: Sunny. Min 13 – Max 37 

 

 

MELBOURNE       

TUESDAY: Partly cloudy. Min 14 – Max 19

WEDNESDAY: Sunny. Min 11 – Max 25

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny. Min 14 – Max 32

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny. Min 17 – Max 27

SATURDAY: Sunny. Min 15 – Max 30 

PERTH       

TUESDAY: Mostly sunny. Min 22 – Max 36

WEDNESDAY: Partly cloudy. Min 21 – Max 31. 

THURSDAY: Cloud clearing. Min 19 – Max 32

FRIDAY: Sunny. Min 19 – Max 29. 

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny. Min 18 – Max 28 

HOBART       

TUESDAY: Cloudy. Min 10 – Max 17

WEDNESDAY: Sunny. Min 9 – Max 23

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny. Min 11 – Max 25

FRIDAY: Partly cloudy. Min 15 – Max 25

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny. Min 14 – Max 28 

DARWIN       

TUESDAY: Rain. Possible storm. Min 25 – Max 31

WEDNESDAY: Shower or two. Possible storm. Min 25 – Max 33

THURSDAY: Possible shower or storm. Min 25 – Max 34

FRIDAY: Shower or two. Possible storm. Min 25 – Max 33

SATURDAY: Showers. Storm likely. Min 25 – Max 32 

Source: Bureau of Meteorology 


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