Thunderstorms, heavy rain and more to come
FALLS to 54mm on the Sunshine Coast overnight have signalled the start of a run of showery days with the Bureau of Meteorology closely watching a potential trough that may form off the Sunshine Coast on Friday.
Uncertainty remains about whether the trough will develop into a low pressure system that could see rainfall totals increase dramatically.
Diamond Valley in the hinterland near Eudlo and Dagun Pocket south of Gympie both recorded falls of 54mm overnight with 28.2mm falling at Beerburrum, 20.2mm at Sunshine Coast Airport, 22mm in Nambour but only 1.6mm at Tewantin.
Heavy rain this morning stalled peak hour traffic and resulted in at least one accident.
BOM forecaster Harry Clark said rain today was expected to peak during the morning although there was a chance of thunder storms later in the day.
The showers have moved from the east, south-east in over the Coast with the hinterland ranges perfectly position to capture it.
The BOM has issued a strong wind warning for Sunshine Coast coastal waters for today and tomorrow with winds gusting to more than 54 km/h overnight.
Mr Clark said the region could expect falls of 15-40mm tomorrow likely to be heaviest around the ranges.
The rainy weather would continue through Friday and Saturday with at present totals of 30mm or more expected on both days.
That forecast would substantially increase if the low pressure system develops.
The BOM was forecasting winds to ease to light from Thursday afternoon, but that also would change if the trough deepens.
Expect cooler days with today's maximum temperature to reach 27 degrees, 26 degrees on Thursday and 27 degrees on Friday.
Daytime maximums would then return to 29 degrees on Saturday and 31 on Sunday.
Conditions would be overcast through to at least Tuesday next week.