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Outback Queensland has enjoyed a good drenching this week with more rain to fall into December.  (ABC News: Emma Pollard)

Queensland's big wet is continuing to deliver as weather forecasters expect the rain to keep falling over the next week.

Central areas of the state have copped a mid-week drenching with widespread totals of more than 50 millimetres in 24 hours.

Awoonga Dam, located 30 kilometres west of Gladstone, recorded just over 100mm in three hours on Thursday.

Earlier this week, Brisbane experienced one of its heaviest November downpours in decades, with 142mm falling in the inner-north suburb of Eagle Farm in a 24-hour period. 

No rain reprieve in sight

Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) senior meteorologist Laura Boekel said the big wet has been the result of a very moist, deep tropical air mass that has been pushed into the state by northerly winds from as far as Indonesia.

"It doesn't take much when the air is that moist and then we have these troughs moving through, so because the air is primed and ready to go, it doesn't really take too much to kick off rain and storms," she said.

Ms Boekel said a trough over the central interior will move east tomorrow, bringing more rain to the coast, before moving offshore.

"It will linger offshore and then look to come back next week, which is unusual, so the reprieve from this rainfall is still over a week away," she said.

For cattle farmer, Nina Hensley from Peakvale Station, 60 kms south-west of Clermont, the downpour came at just the right time.

"It just gives your spirits a complete boost," she said.

"Going outside and being able to see green grass and the milking cows skipping about with joy," she said.

Rain a 'game changer' after years of drought

Ms Hensley tipped 65mm out of the rain gauge on her property yesterday morning.

She said it was difficult to get an accurate reading because it kept raining.

"This rain means security for the cattle. It means after three fairly ordinary years, we can look at rebuilding the herd," she said.

Before the drenching, beef breeder Caitlyn Donaldson, whose property is about four hours west of Rockhampton, was feeding her cattle lick to keep them healthy.

"We haven't had a break in the season or spring rain for about 10 years, so this is a bit of a game changer," she said.

"We've had 157mm now for November so it's a beautiful start to the wet season and hopefully it continues."

Deluge destroys crops

But Granite Belt Growers Association president Nathan Baronio said not everyone was celebrating, with the prolonged wet weather hindering certain crops.

"We grow strawberries here, which are probably our main line of crops and a third of our production is outdoors," he said.

"Everything that is outdoors in terms of ripe fruit, we pretty much have lost."

He said cherry farmers and stone fruit growers would also be hurting.

"To be honest, I don't think many people would be too happy with how much rain we've had – it would be really hard if you're in harvest and it'd be extremely tough if you're in the vegetable game," he said.

Mr Baronio said while rain was essential, crops also need sunshine to flourish and that has been in short supply lately.

"You don't want extremes, you want a good balance," he said.

"While we love having full dams, we need sunshine as well because things grow better when you're getting lots of light and right now it's just overcast every single day."

BOM meteorologist Laura Boekel said the Sunshine State was set to remain soggy into December.

"We've got our seven-day forecast and on that, there's no clear day reprieve for the entire state of Queensland," she said.