Homeowners across southeast Queensland have been warned to prepare for a forthcoming series of damaging storms accompanied by highly destructive winds, heavy rainfall and hailstones this afternoon.
According to the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM), the thunderstorms could resemble the dangerous weather that caused damage to homes and ripped off roofs earlier this month in Springfield Lakes, southwest of Brisbane.
The “catastrophic” storm totally destroyed several homes rendering them unfit for habitation and resulted in hundreds of insurance claims lodged within an hour as insurers estimated the damage bill to more than $100 million.
The forecaster with the BOM, Rosa Hoff reported that the developing trough from NSW would stretch into Queensland by midday, impacting regions situated east of Toowoomba as well as along the coastal strips.
The series of storms are forecast to be fast and violent given the south easterly change, which the Bureau says will keep the Gold Coast free of storms.
Partying schoolies and lovers of Noosa’s main beach have been asked to prepare to run for cover when the storms track through the region.
Schoolies revelers battled dehydration yesterday due to the extremely hot weather being experienced in the area.
The change is also expected to cause wild south easterly gusts moving at up to 50km/h.
The residents of Peninsula and the Gulf Country regions have also been asked to prepare for highly damaging weather today through to Wednesday.
Ms Hoff added that non-severe rainfall and thunderstorm events were forecast in central Queensland.
According to Peter Markworth a forecaster at BOM, yesterday’s scorching heatwave temperatures would dip by 5-7 degrees as the series of storms ravage through.
Yesterday, Bollon situated in southern Queensland hit 41 degrees—8 degrees above average for November with Thargomindah recording 42 degrees—similarly 8 degrees above average.
Cunnamulla peaked at 42 degrees with St George hitting highs of 40 degrees Celsius on Monday.
However, temperatures are set to rest at or above average throughout the interior.
The Bureau further noted that the very-high fire danger in the southeast and eastern interior yesterday are set to dip a little today as cooler air continue to be blown through.
A continuing smoke haze lingering over eastern districts, mostly from the bushfire currently on Fraser Island off southeast Queensland, was being cleared by the south easterly change.
In their forecast, the BOM noted that temperatures would rise again towards and during the weekend and that “very hot conditions around the southern interior” are expected.
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