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Unseasonable winter rain arrives in Queensland


The run of sunny, winter days has come to an end; with rain, cloud and cooler conditions set to dominate the weather into next week.

Rockhampton can expect a top of 20 degrees today, getting up to 21 in Gladstone, while both towns could see up to 15 millimetres of rain.

A further total of up to 150mm is possible across the region between Saturday and Tuesday.

ARN Regional meteorologist Hannah McEwan says there's the potential for daily totals of more than 50 to 100 millimetres across large parts Northern, Central & South East Queensland from today.

"The unseasonable rain is likely to increase today across most of the state, under a thick blanket of cloud, which also means cooler temperatures than we would normally be expecting at this time of the year.

"For many places, especially across the north of the state which is usually very dry in July, the next week could bring up to 10 times the monthly average rain."

"It's all thanks to a couple of troughs, as well as a humid airmass, which is largely thanks to a weakening La Nina."

Ms McEwan says the wet weather will possibly ease slightly on Sunday, before picking up again next week.