Parts of Queensland see heaviest rainfall in 20 years

Parts of Queensland have been hit with the heaviest rainfall in decades, bringing a welcome deluge for outback communities.

In Longreach, central Queensland, locals witnessed the heaviest April rainfall in over 20 years.

“It’s just what we’ve been looking for,” Longreach mayor Tony Rayner said.

An employee at the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum near Winton in outback Queensland has captured incredible scenes from the air as a deluge unleashes on the state.

Incredible scenes captured in outback Queensland

“We had our Anzac day in Longreach and it was our first wet Anzac day in 58 years so that shows just how much rain there’s been and how wet it was.”

Felim Hanniffy from the Bureau of Meteorology said heavy rain in parts of central Queensland was particularly unusual.

Flooding in Winton, outback Queensland. (Trish Sloan)

“For these inland areas, who would normally see for April the monthly average 20 or 30 millimetres to see falls over around 120 to 130 in a 24 hour period – that’s you know three to four times the monthly average,” the meteorologist said.

Heavy rain fall transformed parts of central Queensland, cutting off the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum. (Trish Sloan)

“We had more rain over the past three days than we had over our wet season,” employee Trish Sloan said.

In the state’s far north, the Daintree Rainforest received 311 mm in a day.

Further south, Townsville was hit with 176 mm of rain.

“For Townsville it was it’s heaviest April rainfall since 2000,” Mr Hanniffy said.

Temperatures around the state have also been cooler.

Longreach and Biloela was 10C below average yesterday with Cloncurry in central-north Queensland 11 degrees cooler.

In Brisbane, temperatures were five degrees cooler than average, six on the Sunshine Coast and four degrees cooler on the Gold Coast.

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