LATEST @ 3.30 PM | A fresh severe thunderstorm warning has just been issued for South East Queensland, with the Gold Coast now in the firing line.
The Bureau of Meteorology says the severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours.
Locations which may be affected include the Gold Coast, Ipswich, Gatton, Jimboomba, Lowood and Mount Tamborine.
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“Very isolated severe thunderstorms are possible over the far southeast,” the weather bureau said.
Up to 22 millimetres of rain has already fallen at Beechmont within the past hour.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure loose outdoor items.
* Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it’s flooded, forget it.
* Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
* Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.
The next warning is due to be issued by 6:25 pm.
EARLIER @ 2.30 PM | A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for South East Queensland.
The Bureau of Meteorology says the storms are likely to produce damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in parts of the Darling Downs and Granite Belt and Southeast Coast districts.
Locations which may be affected include Boonah, Beaudesert, Jimboomba, Mount Tamborine and Springbrook.
A more detailed severe thunderstorm warning is also in place for the Scenim Rim.
“The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 2:25 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near the area south of the NSW border.
“These thunderstorms are moving towards the north. They are forecast to affect Border Ranges National Park by 2:55 pm and Rathdowney, Laravale and Kooralbyn by 3:25 pm.
Damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding are likely.
EARLIER @ 2.00 PM | It may not look like it right now, but Gold Coasters are being warned to brace for possible severe thunderstorms this afternoon.
It comes as the city continues to swelter through scorching hot temperatures and humid conditions.
The majority of the coast has already hit its high of 31 degrees today, but inland suburbs like Coomera and Nerang could still hit 33C.
The Bureau of Meteorology says a cool change is expected to move through this afternoon with the possibility of thunderstorms.
“Severe storms possible in South East Queensland, with a risk of damaging winds, heavy rain & large hail,” the weather bureau warned.
It looks like we will get a slight reprieve from the humidity for the next few days, with partly cloudy conditions expected for the rest of the week.
Showers are also on the cards for the next few days, with tops of 27 and 28 degrees forecast.
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Severe storms poss. in #SEQ, with a risk of damaging winds, heavy rain & large hail. #CycloneNiran & connected trough have increased the chance of severe storms in #FNQ, with heavy rain & damaging winds poss. Warnings: https://t.co/u8dICtJFbo pic.twitter.com/36Rx8b6NWb
— Bureau of Meteorology, Queensland (@BOM_Qld) March 2, 2021