A storm that ripped through north west Queensland overnight has damaged homes and a police barracks.
Craig Shefford from the Mount Isa District Disaster Management Group says the storm hit areas from Julia Creek to Camooweal and Dajarra about 9:00pm (AEST).
Wind damaged two houses and a tree fell on the police barracks at Dajarra.
Police are still assessing the damage in other areas.
In central Queensland storms brought much needed relief from the heat wave but lightning strikes sparked more grass fires.
Rockhampton reached 39 degrees yesterday, but the cool change means temperatures are likely to be 10 degrees lower today.
The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) says a fire broke out in the Fairbairn State Forest near Emerald overnight.
Crews are continuing to monitor fires burning near Mount Morgan and at Sandy Point near Yeppoon.
Both are under control and no property is threatened.
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15:46 EDT The Australian research body the Climate Council has argued in its latest paper that the probability of drought will increase, and it will become more severe, because of climate change.