Brisbane was soaked by rain and thunderstorms overnight but the start of summer is looking bright and shiny.
Friday saw the mercury soaring across Brisbane, due to warm northerly winds ahead of a low pressure trough. The city hit 33.4 degrees just before midday, the hottest day of the month.
A hot day turned into a balmy evening, with the mercury hovering around 27 degrees as late as 9:30pm, making it difficult for many to get to sleep.
By 10pm winds turned to the south, bringing a refreshing cooler change, with a band of rain and thunderstorms topping up water tanks and giving gardens a good drink.
The heaviest falls were in Brisbane's southwest. By 9am on Saturday there had been 54mm at Wacol, 53mm at Moggill and 39mm at Colleges Crossing.
The city had 23mm, their heaviest falls since June. Elsewhere, widespread falls of 10-20mm were recorded.
Saturday morning was a good opportunity for a sleep in, with the sound of rain on roofs and cloudy skies leading to cosy conditions. By 11am, the city had seen a further 4mm, with rain expected to last into the afternoon before easing as a high pressure ridge builds.
Sunday morning may see a shower or two in Brisbane, but the sun will be out by the afternoon, bringing a brighter welcome to summer. From Monday the ridge will bring several days of predominantly sunny skies, with temperatures reaching the mid-to-high 20s and dry, stable conditions.
From Thursday another trough will move into the state's southwest, causing a hot airmass to filter over the city again, with a top of 34 degrees. The trough will then bring the chance of showers and thunderstorms from about Friday onward.
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