/ 13 May 2022

Queensland shrugs off drought with flooding rains

Image source: Queensland Police
Image source: Queensland Police

Heavy rain has eased in northern Queensland, but the weather bureau warns it’s still a “very much evolving situation” as the severe weather system moves on to hit central and southeastern parts of the state, affecting communities like Gympie and near Toowoomba. The Bureau of Meteorology has issued flood warnings across the region – including the Lockyer Valley’s Laidley Creek and the Mary River, with “very saturated” catchments rapidly filling up after intense rainfall. Large swathes of the state have received 10 times their monthly average of the wet stuff, and conditions aren’t forecast to ease until tomorrow. So it might not come as a surprise that Queensland’s drought has been officially declared broken… About half the state has been in drought for a decade, but a solid wet season powered by La Niña has ended that.

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