A downpour that has swept away cars, flooded roads and swollen rivers across parts of Queensland will ease on Friday.

Widespread heavy falls across the state’s southeast corner will begin to drop off on Friday, particularly on the Gold Coast, forecasters predict.

A search is ongoing for missing woman Yang Chen, 26, who disappeared in the Gold Coast hinterland while walking with a man near Gorge Falls in the Tallebudgera Valley.

It comes after the discovery of the body of a man who had been kayaking on the Mary River on the Sunshine Coast.

Schools and childcare centres have also been closed amid the deluge.

Floodwaters will take some time to drain away however falls are expected to top 5-15mm over the weekend, the Bureau of Meteorology says.

A major flood warning in place for the Logan River at Beaudesert, along with a mild warning for the Albert River on Thursday will continue into Friday.

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In the north, severe to extreme heatwave conditions are playing out almost everywhere north of Longreach, apart from the northern peninsular area.

Those more extreme conditions are being felt between Cairns and Townsville, and northwest of Mt Isa.

Showers and thunderstorms are forecast across the far north and Cape York from early next week, with showers returning to much of the state from Sunday.

Hazardous swell that has lured some of Australia’s top surfers to the Gold Coast will continue into Friday but east over the weekend as ex-Tropical Cyclone Uesi tracks due east of the Queensland-NSW border.

 

AAP

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