Heavy rain expected in Griffith as Queensland issues flood watch

Griffith is facing up to 50mm of rain on Thursday and Friday, but so far things are looking good for the weekend. 

Queensland, though, is facing the prospect of floods. 

The Bureau of Meteorology says a rain band will move from west to east across Australia's eastern states from Wednesday to Saturday, with Queensland hardest hit.

Bureau National Operations Centre Senior Meteorologist Scott Williams said "we'll see a lot of thunderstorm activity develop through western Queensland and extend down into western New South Wales.”

“While the totals won't be as large as in Queensland, isolated locations in western NSW could receive up to 100mm depending on thunderstorm activity. Broadly, we are expecting between 30 and 50mm without thunderstorms over most areas west of the Divide," Mr Williams said.

In Queensland, a Flood Watch was issued yesterday for coastal catchments from Cairns to Gladstone, including Townsville, Mackay and Rockhampton, extending inland to include parts of the Burdekin and Fitzroy catchments.

"With any significant rain there is the possibility of riverine and flash flooding, however we are expecting rainfall totals and flooding to be generally lower than those following ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie."

Rain is expected to clear in Griffith by the weekend, with some showers on Saturday and only a 5 per cent chance of rain Sunday. 

The most up-to-date official forecasts and warnings are available at www.bom.gov.au.

The Bureau also shares weather and warnings information via Twitter. Follow @bom_nsw for info on our state.