SOUTHEAST Queensland is being urged to prepare now for potentially severe thunderstorms set to lash the area tomorrow.
The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast a partly cloudy day for the Gold Coast on Tuesday, with a medium chance of showers and thunderstorms in the late afternoon and evening.
Surfers Paradise is set to get to 28C, while Nerang is tipped to hit a hot top of 31.
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Popular storm chasing and forecasting community South Brisbane Storms (SBS) says all the ingredients needed for a severe storm setup will come together tomorrow, with large hail, damaging winds and heavy rainfall possible with any cell that develops.
“Tomorrow looks like a potentially volatile setup, with an upper trough and surface trough interacting with an approaching southerly wind change after dark,” a South Brisbane Storms spokesperson said.
“This is a classic Spring setup, with all the ingredients possibly coming together at just the right time of day to produce widespread storms tomorrow, some of them possibly severe.”
Severe storms are expected to kick up out west and march towards the east throughout the afternoon, but they may not be as strong once they reach the Coast.
“The good part of this setup is the fact that we could well see these storms spread out into heavy thundery rain areas at some stage tomorrow night.”
“These storms will also have a good chance of being pushed all the way to the coast, but they probably won’t maintain quite the intensity that the Darling Downs area could see.”
For tips on being ready this storm season visit cityofgoldcoast.com.au/getready
For up-to-date weather warnings and forecasts, visit bom.gov.au
PICTURE: Severe “mammatus” storm clouds hang over the Gold Coast last week. Courtesy of Dean Johnson.