WEEKLY rainfall was 3-5 times the April average in some inland areas in the past week, with riverine flooding reported for a number of river systems.
An upper trough over western Queensland interacted with tropical moisture, bringing 50-150 mm to inland areas of Queensland and New South Wales and north-eastern South Australia.
Weekly rainfall totals of 150-300mm were recorded around Townsville and along Queensland’s tropical north coast from a coastal trough at the start of the week.
The highest weekly total at a bureau gauge was 337mm at Whyanbeel Valley, north of Cairns, including 311.2mm in the 24 hours to 9am 26 April, an April daily record for the site.
Longreach, in central western Queensland, had 109 mm in the 24 hours to 9am 26 April, its highest daily total since April 1989.
Several cold fronts crossed southern Australia during the week with weekly totals of 25-50mm in parts of the South West Land Division in Western Australia, central Victoria and northern Tasmania, although south-west Victoria and south-east South Australia received only light falls.