Some significant rainfall over recent days over Cairns and the FNQ coast in general, have begun to ease as an upper trough begins to move through the east, sweeping the heavy tropical moisture out to sea.
The flood risk is beginning to ease over FNQ after 600-800mm fell in some locations this week. Quite exceptional rainfall for this time of year.
The upper levels winds are a bit stronger too, reducing the risk of torrential rainfall for the next few days at least which is a good thing, with moderate flooding still working it's way to the coast.
The upper winds forecast for later Thursday shows the passage of that upper trough with wind fields allowing the clearance of cloud and moisture out of central QLD and then pushing out over north QLD through the weekend.
Rain has started falling through the inland underneath that middle and high level cloud band. Falls will likely remain mostly light.
The rain will clear east tomorrow with drier air moving back in.
For the east coast, showers will persist following this cloud band as a persistence pattern of onshore winds develops, thanks to a blocking pattern in the Tasman Sea next week.
Heavy rainfall is possible to end the month and to kick off May for parts of SEQ and NE NSW once again.
Image - Rainfall for the next 14 days to encompass the next event off the SEQ coast.