FLOOD WATCH: Heavy rain sparks BOM alert

BREAKING: The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a flood watch for parts of the Darling Downs after up to 70mm of rain fell across the region.

Rainfall totals of 30-70mm have been recorded across the Warrego and Maranoa regions in 24 hours to 9am today.

Further rainfall is expected across western and central-southern Queensland over the over the next seven days.

Widespread rainfall totals of 50-100mm are possible with totals in excess of 100mm possible locally.

The forecast rainfall is expected to produce river level rises.

The Bureau of Meteorology has warned those in the flood watch area that "heavy rainfall may also lead to localised flash flooding".

The bureaa says that catchments at risk include the Georgina, Diamantina, Cooper, Bulloo, Warrego, Wallam/Mungallala, Condamine/Balonne, Moonie and Macintyre/Weir catchments.

Flood warnings are current for the Diamantina and Paroo Rivers.

This flood watch means that people living or working along rivers and creeks should monitor the latest weather forecasts and warnings and be ready to move to higher ground should flooding develop.