Weather bureau warns of “very large hail” today

UPDATE @ October 26, 7.00am: Emergency services will gather today to discuss plans for the impending storm season.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services and Bureau of Meteorology experts will outline how they have prepared for the upcoming wild weather at a meeting in Brisbane.

It comes after the weather Bureau yesterday warned Gold Coasters to brace for wild weather on Thursday, with showers and severe storms forecast to hit the city.


The Bureau warns some storms may become severe in the far southeast corner of the state today, with “very large hail” and damaging winds possible.

EARLIER @ October 25, 12.30pm: STORM season is well and truly upon us here on the Gold Coast, with forecasters warning of another round of showers and severe storms to hit the city tomorrow.

The Bureau of Meteorology says an upper trough is forecast to shift east across the state on Thursday.

This is set to increase the chance of showers and gusty storms over the interior and southeast of the state.

The Bureau warns some storms may become severe in the far southeast corner of the state, with “very large hail” and damaging winds possible.

The activity is forecast arrive in a band stretching from the Central West, through the Maranoa, Darling Downs and Granite Belt and into the southeast.

Current storm forecast for Thursday, October 26 2017 | Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Severe weather forecaster Andy Barber from South Brisbane Storms said any thunderstorms that do develop will have the potential to whip up destructive winds.

“All the right ingredients exist for severe thunderstorms to develop tomorrow that are likely to produce localised damaging to potentially destructive wind gusts, large hail and heavy rainfall,” Mr Barber said.

“There is moderate to strong instability and very good wind shear which will see thunderstorm activity easily make the coastal districts by the afternoon and into the evening.

“Today would be the day to scoot around the home or office to make sure that objects are not at risk of becoming ‘flying debris’ from damaging winds should your location be in the firing line for a thunderstorm tomorrow.”

This severe storm dumped tiny hailstones and 40mm of rain on the Gold Coast on Monday morning | PHOTO: © Jaydan Duck

The upper trough that is forecast to trigger tomorrow’s unstable weather is forecast to weaken as it shifts north on Friday, leaving stable, sunny skies across the coast in its wake.

It comes after a severe thunderstorm lashed the coast on Monday morning.

The cell intensified out west before moving east and impacting on suburbs west of the M1 around 10am.

It went on to unleash copious amounts of tiny hailstones across various suburbs and dumped 40mm of rain on Carrara and Tallai in under 30 minutes before fizzling out.

Monday’s severe storm as it approached Southport | PHOTO: © Jaydan Duck

NOTE: All thunderstorms generally produce lightning, while many produce gusty winds, heavy rain, and hail.

The Bureau of Meteorology will only issue a severe thunderstorm warning if storms are expected to produce winds stronger than 90km, hail larger than 2cm in diameter, very heavy rainfall leading to flash flooding and tornadoes.

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