An aerial photo of Winton flooding. Picture: Winton Shire Council
An aerial photo of Winton flooding. Picture: Winton Shire Council

Qld town becomes inland island: Four months of rain in days

WINTON has become an inland island after days of heavy rain as conditions for cyclone activity increase.

More than 200mm of rain fell on Winton and surrounding areas over the past three days - four times the March monthly rainfall average.

A strengthening monsoonal trough in the Gulf will cause further heavy rain and showers in the tropics and increase the likelihood of a cyclone.

The weather bureau will be monitoring the possibility of a cyclone in the Coral Sea next week.

The bureau's Tropical Cyclone Outlook for the Coral Sea states "the tropics are expected to become more active over the weekend and next week".

"Although there are no specific cyclone threats identifiable in the Coral Sea at this lead time, conditions will continue to be closely monitored."

The bureau's Julian de Morton said there was more of a chance of a cyclone in the Gulf than in the Coral Sea this weekend.

"We've got a monsoon trough that should develop and strengthen throughout the next week or so and as a result, it certainly increases the potential for a cyclone," he said.

"In the next week, it's looking more likely we'll see something develop in the Gulf than in the Coral Sea. It's looking as though ... a possible development towards the weekend."

The west's week of wet weather is also easing with rainfall totalling about 30mm in some places.

The southeast also experienced light showers yesterday with the heaviest falls recorded around the Sunshine Coast.

A south-easterly wind up to 30 knots has prompted a strong wind warning for the entire east coast of Queensland.

Coastal areas from Cairns down to the Gold Coast have been warned of strong winds today and partly cloudy conditions.

Brisbane is forecast to reach a top of 27C with a possible shower during the day.

News Corp Australia

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