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STORM WARNING: It's going to be a wet afternoon

The Bureau of Meteorology radar as of 5pm on Monday.
The Bureau of Meteorology radar as of 5pm on Monday.

THE southern end of the Sunshine Coast may face a buffeting from a severe thunderstorm rampaging east from south-west Queensland.

In the latest alert from the Bureau of Meteorology -- which has recorded wind gusts of up to 93kmh -- the Sunshine Coast is no longer included as part of the warning.

But the BOM's map shows Caloundra remains inside the "warning area" for the storm

Those in Caboolture and south are now being given more urgent warning.

BOM predicts the worst of the storm will be visited on Ipswich, Boonah and Esk before 5pm, then the Brisbane CBD, Beenleigh, Logan City and Strathpine within the next hour.

EARLIER: The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe storm warning for the Sunshine Coast, Wide Bay and Burnett, the Darling Downs and Granite Belt. 

Severe thunderstorms are expected to cause damaging winds during the next several hours in these areas: Warwick, Toowoomba, Dalby, Kingary, Stanthorpe, Boonah, Oakey, Clifton, Pitsworth, Jondaryan, Yarraman and Chinchilla. 

A wind gust of 90km/h was recorded at Dalby at 3pm. 

The latest image from the Bureau's rain radar shows bands of rain and storms moving towards the coast from as far north as Miles and far south into the New South Wales mid-north coast. 

Wind gusts of up to 56kmh have been recorded at Maroochydore this afternoon, with wind speeds consistently in the high 30kmh range since 11.30am. 

A more detailed storm warning for the Sunshine Coast and southeast Queensland will be issued if severe thunderstorms develop in the coming hours. 

The storm warning was issued at 3.08pm.
The storm warning was issued at 3.08pm. Bureau of Meteorology

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:

  •  Move your car under cover or away from trees.
  • Secure loose outdoor items.
  • 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 6:10 pm.


EARLIER: METEOROLOGISTS are predicting widespread thunderstorms across Queensland and into northern New South Wales today. 

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast the gusty thunderstorms could reach the Sunshine Coast late in the afternoon and evening.

The storms are expected to bring the high chance of showers, after a mostly sunny morning and a maximum temperature of 28 degrees during the day. 

Independent weather gurus Higgins Storm Chasing has suggested winds could be damaging. 

Higgins Storm Chasing's graphic shows the areas potentially affected by thunderstorms today.
Higgins Storm Chasing's graphic shows the areas potentially affected by thunderstorms today. Higgins Storm Chasers

According to the bureau, a cold front over New South Wales will move into the Tasman Sea a cold front over New South Wales will move into the Tasman Sea later today, leaving a generally cool west to southwest flow over the state.

In the wake of the front, a high pressure system will slowly move east across south eastern Australia from Tuesday.

Topics:  bom bureau of meteorology higgins storm chasing storm thunderstorm weather


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