Wet weather warning for Queensland coast

RACQ has urged motorists living in coastal areas to take extra care on the road with some regions expected to receive their average monthly rainfall over the next few days.

The Bureau of Meterology has predicted widespread rainfall along the coast between the Gold Coast and Townsville, from Thursday to Sunday, with some areas near Townsville and in south east Queensland predicted to receive up to 50 millimetres and a chance of a thunderstorm.

RACQ spokesperson Lauren Ritchie urged drivers to check weather and road conditions before leaving home.

“Sadly, the road toll is much higher than this time last year and we’ve had a terrible spate of fatal crashes recently, so we don’t want any more lives lost on our roads due to dangerous driving conditions,” Ms Ritchie said.

“Roads may become very slippery, so it’s crucial you slow down and increase the distance between you and the car in front.  If it’s too dangerous to continue driving, please pull over and wait until conditions improve.

"Heavy rain can also cause flash flooding, so don’t take any chances with flooded roads. If it’s flooded, forget it.”

The latest road closures and traffic conditions could be viewed on RACQ’s Road Conditions website.