Australia Weather News

It is one of Brisbane's go-to websites whenever it's raining, and it is unlikely to be up and running any time soon.

The Bureau of Meteorology's (BOM) weather radar at Mt Stapylton, located south of Brisbane, was taken offline on Tuesday night due to major problems, meaning anyone curious on the rain is unable to best see when it is approaching the area.

The ABC understands it could remain offline until next month.

The outage came as Brisbane and much of south-east Queensland was experiencing a string of stormy days, with heavy rainfall causing flash flooding.

Rainfall had largely eased across the region by Saturday morning.

The latest problems come just six months after an upgrade to the radar, which was meant to provide forecasters with a more detailed picture of the weather, and enable them to distinguish between rain, hail, and snowfall.

BOM said the German manufacturer responsible will have to return to fix it.

On Friday, BOM's website said technicians were working to repair an issue with incomplete radar scans and related outages.

"The frequency and recurrence of these issues is of concern, and is being given our urgent attention," it read.

It failed in January when it was offline for 62 hours, and again earlier this week.

BOM's senior forecaster Michelle Berry said meteorologists were relying on the Marburg radar along with 10-minute satellite updates.

"The Himawari imagery from the Japanese satellite is very useful," she said.

Those in and around Brisbane wanting to see rainfall in their area are being redirected to the Marburg radar, the oldest one in Queensland.

It is located 53 kilometres west of Brisbane, and provides an overall view of precipitation in all sectors.

However, BOM said there were some restrictions on detection of low-level precipitation in a narrow sector to the west-south-west, and over the greater Brisbane area.