Parts of Queensland are bracing for another week of “unsettled” weather and severe thunderstorm activity.
A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued by the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) for people in parts of Capricornia, Wide Bay and Burnett and further inland in the Darling Downs and Granite Belt region.
Bundaberg, Maryborough, Hervey Bay, Calliope, Gin Gin, Tiaro, Warwick, Toowoomba, Oakey, Inglewood, Clifton and Pittsworth could be impacted.
Golf-ball-sized hail was reported at Mt Larcom outside Gladstone this morning.
The BOM said 51 millimetres of rainfall had been recorded in 30 minutes this morning at Centenary Bridge in the Darling Downs.
A combination of above average temperatures, dry air and fresh west-to-southwesterly winds are producing severe fire danger conditions across the Central Highlands and Coalfields district.
Meteorologist Shane Kennedy said damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rainfall, which could lead to flash flooding was possible in the impacted areas throughout today and tomorrow, with the most severe cells expected this afternoon.
“We’re quite likely to see a fair amount of rainfall today so looking at the 20-40 millimetres range across most of the [impacted] area,” Mr Kennedy said.
“Most of the danger is expected to be to the north-west, roughly north-west of Kingaroy today and we’ve already got a storm warning out for the Rockhampton area.
“We’ll likely see those showers and storms continuing overnight and into tomorrow.”
The BOM said the severe storm activity was caused by a warm and humid airmass residing over south-eastern districts, combined with an upper trough.
Heatwave conditions are developing in the Gulf and surrounds this week and will peak on Wednesday.
South-east Queensland could see storms today
The system could impact Brisbane and south-east Queensland later today.
“The potential to see a severe thunderstorm or two, more likely it’s going to be further west and north-west today but there is a risk of something moving into the Brisbane area, particularly the western suburbs this afternoon,” Mr Kennedy said.
The BOM expects the “unsettled” storm activity to hang around until at least Thursday.
“Pretty unsettled this week, really unstable, [it will] hang around for Wednesday and Thursday at this stage … but it could certainly still be a little bit wet for the next several days, at least,” Mr Kennedy said.
A fire warning has also been issued for the Central Highlands and Coalfields District today.
The BOM said “above average temperatures, dry air, and fresh west-to-south-westerly winds” had created a “very high fire danger” for the central and northern districts.Internet Explorer Channel Network