UPDATE | Heavy rainfall drenching south east Queensland

UPDATE @ December 16 2018 10.15am | SOUTH EAST QUEENSLAND is in for a soggy Sunday, with widespread thunderstorms sweeping across the region.

The weather event stretches from north of the Sunshine Coast to the NSW border and west to Esk, Gatton and Warwick.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) earlier issued severe thunderstorm warnings for the region, but has since cancelled the alert.


However, BoM has confirmed a “very moist and unstable airmass lies over southeast Queensland, with widespread rain likely during Sunday, heavy at times under thunderstorms”.

“While thunderstorms and rain continue over southeast Queensland, the rainfall rates have eased,” BoM explained.

“The situation will continue to be monitored and further warnings will be issued if necessary.”

EARLIER @ December 16 2018 10am | THE SCENIC RIM has been included on the latest severe thunderstorm warning, as a cell moves south from the Sunshine Coast.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) issued an alert for heavy rainfall across a large section of south east Queensland, including Ipswich and parts of Gympie, Logan, Lockyer Valley, Brisbane City and Moreton Bay Council Areas.

Ipswich, Laidley, Esk and Kilcoy are highlighted as locations expected to cop the worst of it.

The BoM has confirmed the weather event is due to a deep north-easterly wind flow and an upper trough, and is not associated with ex-tropical cyclone Owen, which continues to dump heavy rain on central Queensland.

EARLIER @ December 16 2018 8.50am | SUNSHINE COAST residents are being warned to brace for heavy rainfall and possible flash flooding.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) issued a warning for people in parts of Gympie, Somerset, Sunshine Coast, Noosa and Moreton Bay Council Areas on Sunday morning.

“Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours,” the BoM confirmed.

“Locations which may be affected include Kilcoy, the area northwest of Noosa Heads and Pomona.”

Pomona has already copped a drenching, with almost 140mm of rain recorded early Sunday morning.

For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.