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Monthly totals topped across south-east as threat of heavy rain eases

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Feb. 13, 2020

The Gold Coast Seaway has recorded its wettest month on record after a days-long drenching that has already pushed several other south-east Queensland sites past their own February records.
Heavy rain eased off into Thursday night after causing torrents on Mount Tamborine streets and sparking major flood warnings for Scenic Rim and coastal rivers.
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Attention now turns to mopping up, with more than a dozen south-east schools closed to due flooding or the many related road disruptions, and a search still under way for a woman feared swept away on the Gold Coast hinterland.
The weather bureau expects rain to ease further today and into the weekend, as hazardous surf conditions hit the coast, Western Downs residents are bracing themselves for further major river flooding and extreme heatwave conditions threaten to topple temperature records across the state's north.
Meteorologist Shane Kennedy said southern Brisbane suburbs saw between 40 and 80 millimetres fall overnight after isolated falls of up to 120 millimetres swamped the Gold Coast and Scenic Rim throughout the day Thursday.
He said just a "slight risk" of potentially heavy falls remained for the coming days, though this was unlikely to be as widespread as it had so far in February.
Early data showing 516 millimetres of rain at the Gold Coast Seaway this month would see the site beat its December 2018 all-time monthly high of 490 millimetres recorded in December 2018.
At Coolangatta, 616 millimetres of rain so far this month would pass its February high of 507 millimetres recorded in 1995.
In Brisbane, 318 millimetres to date in February was the highest monthly total since at least 1999 and more than double the monthly average of 137 millimetres.
The Logan River is now expected to fall below major flood levels Friday morning after peaking overnight. Minor flooding is expected on the Albert River at Beenleigh later Friday, as waters on the Lower Brisbane and Bremer rivers also recede.
A moderate flood peak on the Stanley River at Woodford is likely on Friday, after swift water crews rescued one person from floodwater and another stranded on the Woodford weir.
Residents of Chinchilla and Condamine are bracing themselves for major flood peaks on the Condamine River over the coming days.
The State Emergency Service received 38 calls for help from 6pm Thursday, with most in Brisbane and the south-east.
Most beaches from Fraser Island to the Gold Coast remain closed today as swells of up to 3.5 metres , caused by ex-Tropical Cyclone Uesi, now affecting Lord Howe Island , hitting the east coast.
Scenic Rim mayor Greg Christensen said Friday most major rivers in the region had "not broken their banks" though significant flash flooding, including on Mount Tamborine, had hit the region.
Some recovery of ground cover in areas burnt out during summer bushfires had meant that when the heavy rain came, the region "hadn't seen [the] significant erosion and landslides" feared, he told ABC Brisbane.
"But what we have seen is that the ground was now saturated, we had significant run-off in the catchments."
Despite the wet start to the year, the weather bureau says more consistent rain is needed to ease drought conditions across much of the state.
Warnings for severe to extreme heatwave conditions are now in place from Ingham in the state's far-north across to Gulf Country, with temperatures into the mid-40s likely.
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