Queensland will be hot today before storms affect the state from Saturday until Tuesday.
Today will be very warm for most of Queensland with coastal locations the best chance to stay under 30 degrees due to a sea breeze. However, this sea breeze will provide extra humidity, making it feel stickier near the coast.
The heat is being drawn into Queensland ahead of a low pressure trough which is moving through the state's southwest. As this trough moves over the remainder of the state, cooler temperatures and thunderstorms are expected over coming days.
Thunderstorms are a risk each day from Saturday until Tuesday for parts of southern and eastern QLD including the southeast. On Saturday there will only be a few storms, mostly near the coast, although from Sunday storms will become more widespread.
Most locations from Brisbane to Rockhampton and inland to Clermont and Charleville are likely to be hit by at least one thunderstorm and a few showers. The heaviest falls in this period are likely to occur in the Central Highlands where some places could see greater than 70mm. Parts of the Southeast Coast may see in excess of 30mm.
Severe storms are a risk in this period, with flash flooding the most likely feature due to the high amount of moisture that will be fed into the trough from moist onshore winds.
Showers and storms are likely to clear for most areas by Tuesday night in time for more heating on Wednesday and Thursday.
© Weatherzone 2012
19:48 EST A large and powerful easterly swell is filling in along the east coast of Australia.