Queensland about to get drenched

(The WeatherCo) -- Eastern Queensland is in for a drenching more typical of Summer than mid-Winter this week.

Anywhere east of Normanton to Goondiwindi is likely to see 10 mm of rain by Thursday. This will grade to more than 30 mm close to the coastal ranges, with heavy falls of more than 90 mm possible about the Central Coast.

Cloud is already building over eastern Queensland. On Tuesday, patchy rain will develop over most of the coast, and over the inland north of about Mackay. By Wednesday, rain is likely over the entire southeastern quarter.

This is good news for the South East, Burnett and Central Coasts, as well as the Darling Downs, which have so far seen a fairly dry July.

The forecast wet weather is the result of a low pressure trough deepening off the coast, forcing strong, moisture-laden easterly winds over the state. This is quite unusual for Winter, when dry westerlies normally dominate