Wet weather warning as Qld cops a drenching

RACQ has warned drivers to take extra care on wet roads after up to 166 millimetres of rain fell across parts of Queensland overnight with more expected into the weekend.

The Courier Mail reported the Bureau of Meteorology had forecasted severe thunderstorms from the southeast to central Queensland on Friday and Saturday.

RACQ’s Lauren Ritchie warned after long dry spells, wet weather could make roads extra slippery.

“Be cautious in the rain or when travelling on wet roads as it’s easy to lose control on a bend or when trying to stop behind another vehicle,” Ms Ritchie said. 

“You should maintain a safe distance between you and the car in front and lower your speed to suit the conditions.

“You should also put your headlights on to make it easier for others to see you, as crashes can occur when visibility is low and vehicles blend into their surroundings.”

Ms Ritchie urged drivers to check the road and weather conditions before they set off, as heavy rain could also cause flash flooding.

“The message is clear and simple – if a road’s flooded, forget it,” she said.

“You should also be wary of fallen debris and potholes that may form.”

The latest traffic and travel information could be found on RACQ’s Road Conditions website.