UPDATE 5PM: THE skies have quickly blackened over the Gold Coast as a weak storm front moves through from the west ahead of Tuesday’s volatile forecast.
Monday afternoon’s brief storm moved through western suburbs shortly before 5pm, before continuing to track northeast offshore.
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Lightning, thunder and a burst of heavy rain can be expected.
The well structured cell made for great photos, with residents taking to Facebook to share their pictures.
EARLIER: THE Weather Bureau has forecast isolated showers about the state’s southeast today, before a potentially severe thunderstorm setup threatens to deliver large hailstones on Tuesday afternoon – one year on after one of the worst hailstorms to ever hit the Gold Coast smashed northern suburbs causing widespread damage.
Clouds are already increasing over the hinterland this afternoon as thunderstorms kick up south west of the city.
At 3.30pm, lightning active thunderstorms storms were detected on weather radar in a line stretching 100 kilometres from near Coochin in Queensland, south to off the coast of Ocean Shorts in NSW, just north of Byron Bay where the strongest cell has been reported.
The activity is currently around 30-40km southwest of Surfers Paradise and is yet to cross the ranges as it moves towards the coast in a northeasterly direction.
Tomorrow, thunderstorms are forecast to develop over the Gold Coast from the early afternoon, however are expected to be more frequent about the hinterland and New South Wales border.
Jeffrey Higgins from Higgins Storm Chasing predicts storms may turn severe, with damaging winds, large hail and frequent lightning.
“It’s a bit dryish in the low levels, so storms should be isolated over inland parts, however once they come from the west and over the ranges, they could pick up more moisture and become scattered along the coasts,” he said.
Popular Queensland storm chasers South Brisbane Storms have predicted a “classic all-or-nothing spring day” for thunderstorms.
“(There is) only a borderline chance of storms, but if any did manage to form, some could become strong due to a strongly unstable atmosphere ahead of an approaching front and stronger winds aloft,” the crew said on Facebook.
“Storm chances are somewhat higher for southern parts of our region such as near, or south of the border. Otherwise, the day should be very warm to hot away from the coast and sunny for most of the time.”
Daytime temperatures are expected to peak between 27-30C across the Gold Coast tomorrow.
Places to watch for storm activity will include Brisbane, Ipswich and the Gold Coast, along with the Darling Downs.
On September 17 last year, northern Gold Coast suburbs were hit with with a burst of cyclonic winds and hailstones up to the size of baseballs, causing widespread damage.
Severe Thunderstorm Warnings will only be issued if storms are expected to produce damaging wind gusts (90 km/h or more), large hail (2cm diameter or more), very heavy rainfall (conducive to flash flooding), or tornadoes.
NOTE: All thunderstorms generally produce lightning, and many produce gusty winds, brief heavy showers and hail.