WE’RE being warned thunderstorms capable of producing damaging winds, large hail, and heavy rain could hit the Gold Coast later this afternoon as the city is treated to an early taste of summer.
Locals woke to an exceptionally warm morning, with the mercury soaring to 30.4 degrees at the Gold Coast Seaway just before 11am. That’s five degrees above average for this time of year.
The Bureau of Meteorology is warning the atmosphere is primed for severe storm development.
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The weather bureau warns the warmer weather, combined with a moist airmass, could trigger showers and isolated thunderstorms across the southeast, mainly in the south.
“Some storms may be severe, mainly over the Darling Downs and Maranoa and Warrego districts,” the Bureau of Meteorology said in its state forecast on Wednesday morning.
Severe storms with large hail, damaging winds and heavy rain are forecast across #SEQld and #SouthQld today. Keep an eye out for any #QldStorm warnings at https://t.co/VsqPFlI93A pic.twitter.com/aJC1XNZ2Ko
— Bureau of Meteorology, Queensland (@BOM_Qld) October 24, 2018
Any storms that do develop today will have the potential to produce damaging winds, large hail, and heavy rain which may lead to flash flooding, the bureau said.
A weak storm popped up over Mount Tamborine about 1pm and is tracking north towards Ormeau.
Today’s summer-like temperatures are forecast to stick around for at least the rest of the week.
The mercury is forecast climb to 32 degrees in Surfers Paradise on Friday, 27 on Saturday and 30 on Sunday before a dramatic cool change sweeps through the region.
It’s tipped to hit late on Sunday and drop daytime temperatures by seven degrees, with the mercury set to struggle to climb above 23 degrees in Surfers on Monday.
No warnings were current at the time of writing.
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