Queensland’s wacky weather

Queensland newspapers are dominated this morning by news about the incredible run of wet weather, including stories about its economic impact on our building industry and cane-growers.  The Queensland Times (More rain forecast for Ipswich) nicely sums up the outlook, which applies for much of Queensland:

The Bureau of Meteorology’s six-day forecast paints a dim picture of rain, rain, rain, rain, rain and rain.

If you’re heading to the Gold or Sunshine Coasts for Christmas be prepared, especially for landslides:

Big rains tipped for Christmas

Moving house no joke (re. landslides on Sunshine Coast)

The outlook for Cairns and Far North Queensland is especially bad:

Far north Queensland faces flash flooding, mudslides with Christmas Day downpour

Many Queensland regions are currently experiencing or expecting flooding:

Chaos as water soaks Bundaberg

Chinchilla residents prepare for floods

Severe weather warning for region (from Rockhampton Morning Bulletin)

The economic impacts of all this rain on the construction and agricultural sectors are significant:

Long wet drains cash from builders

Rain washes $800m in sugarcane away

Let’s hope the continuing wet weather doesn’t deter shoppers from heading to the Boxing Day sales, which retailers are counting on to make up for some fairly ordinary trading months earlier this year.

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