Severe rain, flooding threat eases in Qld

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The threat of extreme rain and flooding across southeast Queensland has eased as a dangerous low moves out to sea.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe weather warning late on Sunday afternoon for damaging winds, heavy rainfall and dangerous surf across a large swathe of southeast Queensland.

The warning for potentially heavy rainfall, damaging winds and hazardous surf conditions remains in place.

"The peak period of severe weather has properly passed overnight, but severe weather remains," the bureau said on Monday.

"It should start to abate as we move into (Monday night) and Tuesday."

A flood watch remains in place for coastal catchments between St Lawrence and the Queensland-NSW border, including the Darling Downs.

"This is mainly due to the fact we have a lot of saturated catchments around South-East Queensland, so although the heavy rain risk is starting to diminish, a lot of catchments are saturated and will respond quickly to any further rainfall over the next 24 hours," the BoM said.

"We're still going to have quite a lot of shower activity around moving into Tuesday, but as the low-pressure system moves away, both systems should start to abate and so should the flood risk."

With thousands of people expected to hit the roads for the end of the Easter break, Deputy Premier Steven Miles urged drivers to take care.

"We expect the weather situation to continue to ease, but it will continue to be wet, particularly along the south-east coast," Mr Miles said.

"Today is one of the busiest days for people travelling from the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast back to Brisbane. Our main message now is for people to please, please drive safe."