THUNDERSTORMS are likely to develop without warning on the Gold Coast over the next few days as the southeast is drenched in some of the heaviest rain since Ex-tropical Cyclone Debbie soaked the region.
A severe storm warning for heavy rainfall is current for the Somerset, Moreton Bay, Toowoomba, Lockyer Valley and Sunshine Coast, where 60mm of rain has fallen on the Glass House Mountains in 60 minutes.
Withcott east of Toowoomba and Ma Ma Creek near Gatton recorded 40mm in the 30 minutes to midday, while a further 70mm fell at Bli Bli, east of Nambour, and at Delaney’s Creek in Moreton Bay in the one hour to 11.30am.
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Although the Gold Coast isn’t included in any official warning at this stage, the weather bureau says it could be added later today or tomorrow with heavy falls tipped to hit the coast between now and Monday.
Thunderstorms could also develop without warning and produce enough rain to cause pockets of flash flooding.
According to the bureau’s website, the Gold Coast could see anywhere up to 150mm of rain over the next four days.
Up to 35mm of rain is forecast to fall across the coast today, followed by another 70mm tomorrow (Sunday), 50mm on Monday and 10mm on Tuesday.
The wet weather will also keep temperatures well below average, with the mercury set to struggle to climb above 25 degrees for at least the next seven days.
At midday, the Gold Coast was surrounded by areas of rain, with the Mt Stapylton radar detecting heavy falls to the north, west and south of the city.
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