Far north Queensland is bracing for wild weather as Cyclone Trevor is expected to hit the coast as a category two on Tuesday.
Trevor, currently a category one storm, is around 500 kilometres north of Cairns and 300km east of Lockhart River, with winds gusting up to 95kmh.
Landfall is forecast south of Lockhart River late on Tuesday, when the storm’s expected to have intensified to a category two.
The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) said the cyclone will generate damaging winds, heavy rainfall and abnormally high tides as it crosses the coast.
The worst of the rain is expected to miss Townsville and inland communities still recovering from record floods earlier this year.
The BoM’s Sam Campbell said a weekend deluge across much of south-east Queensland, more rain and storms were forecast for Monday.
The biggest weekend falls were recorded at Wyaralong Dam in the Scenic Rim, where 293 millimetres of rain fell over the past three days.
Parts of the Sunshine Coast recorded 211 millimetres, 98 millimetres fell in Brisbane City, and parts of the Gold Coast saw falls up to 150 millimetres.
Most areas in the region exceeded their average March rainfall totals.
Mr Campbell said the weekend weather was “quite remarkable for March.”
More rain for Sydney
Sydney, meanwhile, has been warned of more soaking rain is on the way, after a sodden weekend triggered flash-flooding in parts.
Sydney recorded 43mm of rain in just 24 hours Sunday, making it the wettest day since November last year.
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NSW SES spokesperson Neil Wilblin said there were about 260 call outs Sunday, mainly across the metropolitan area.
BoM forecaster Zhi-weng Chua said Gosford, on the NSW Central Coast, received 123.8mm in the 24 hours up to 9am Sunday.
“The highest rainfall received in the last 24 hours to 9am Sunday has been at Wyoming with 134.5mm,” he said.