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Here comes the rain ... and lots and lots of it! PIC: Sky News

Sunshine-seeking grey nomads are set for a serious disappointment this week, with weather experts predicting a monster east coast deluge.

A low pressure system is reportedly creeping up on the entire eastern seaboard which could see a month’s worth of rain fall in just three days. Meteorologists say the low pressure system is being bolstered by a mass of cold air in the lower atmosphere which is aiding heavy rainfall.

National media is reporting that the system will move slowly eastwards across eastern Australia in a wide band, with Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne all likely to cop a serious drenching. Lighter showers are forecast for Perth and Adelaide, with only the country’s remote north west likely to escape the showers.

The downpours could lead to flash flooding, particularly in areas still wet following Cyclone Debbie.

An initial Flood Watch has already been issued for Queensland coastal catchments from Cairns to Gladstone, including Townsville, Mackay and Rockhampton, extending inland to include parts of the Burdekin and Fitzroy catchments.

Bureau of Meteorology Weather Services Manager, Richard Wardle, said the Flood Watches come ahead of a trough and associated heavy rainfall forecast to affect the state from late today.

“Widespread rainfall totals in the range of 100-200mm can be expected with rainfall decreasing as it moves south,” he said. “While there is the potential for riverine and flash flooding, rainfall totals and flood levels associated with this system will be generally lower than those seen with the passage of ex-tropical cyclone Debbie.”

A Flood Watch has also been issued for a second trough forecast to move through the southwest Channel Country and western Queensland, bringing with it the chance of showers and thunderstorms for inland areas tomorrow and Friday.

“The most likely area for storms will be near and to the east of this slow moving surface trough, from Cloncurry south to Cunnamulla, including the towns of Winton, Windorah, Quilpie, Thargomindah, Longreach, and Charleville,” said Mr Wardle. “Some of these storms may be severe.”

  • Where are you travelling at the moment? Are you ready for a deluge? What ways do you find to happily ‘sit out’ a few days of heavy rain? Comment below

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