WEEKLY rainfall totals greater than 50 millimetres were recorded over much of eastern Australia and the far south-west corner of Western Australia, with totals exceeding 300mm being recorded on the north tropical and south-east coast of Queensland.
Monthly and annual daily records were exceeded for many sites in Queensland and inland New South Wales, with weekly totals being over two to eight times greater than the average monthly total for large parts of Queensland.
The heavy rainfall over eastern Australia was the result of persistent onshore flow feeding into an extensive low pressure trough.
A cold front produced light to moderate rainfall, mostly around 25-50mm, over Tasmania and western parts of WA.
The highest weekly total at a Bureau gauge was 456.5mm at Peachester in south-east Queensland.
The highest daily total for the week was 234.6mm in the 24 hours to 9am on May 11, at Cowley Beach (Defence) in North Queensland.