“Quite Dangerous” Fears dry, gusty thunderstorms could ignite bushfires in SE Qld

Queensland firefighters are on high alert today, with fears dry-lightning storms could ignite blazes across the state.

The Bureau of Meteorology says isolated severe thunderstorms are predicted to hit the Darling Downs and South East from this afternoon.

“We have an upper trough system moving through Queensland at the moment and we should expect to see that move towards the South East later today,” Meteorologist Jess Gardner told myGC.


“That does have a chance of bringing some thunderstorms with it, and we do have a very dry air mass so the chances are there’s not likely to be any helpful rainfall for these fires.”

Ms Gardner said the weather bureau is predicting gusty and erratic winds and also the possibility of some lightning strikes, which she says is “quite dangerous” when mixed with our dry conditions.

“With these thunderstorms, there’s also the chance of some large hail as well if things get a little bit more organised as they move towards the south east, but mostly lookout for those gusty, erratic winds as they come through,” she said.

The system is expected to push offshore this evening, with a warm day predicted for tomorrow before the slight chance of a storm again on Thursday.

More than 30 bushfires are currently burning in Queensland, including here at Binna Burra, O’Reilly and Numinbah Valley in the Gold Coast hinterland.