Last night Gladstone and Rockhampton were struck by thunderstorms and face the risk of further activity this afternoon.
During Sunday afternoon thunderstorms built over inland Queensland, dumping 29mm of rain at Roundstone Creek and 26mm at Folding Hills.
Soon after 7pm these storms had reached the coast bringing a downpour of 12mm in 10 minutes to Gladstone. Rockhampton had a similarly heavy burst of rain with 5mm recorded in a 10 minute period.
August is typically a dry time of year for Gladstone when it averages 33mm of rain. Before Sunday's downpour the town had only gained 13mm of rain, but that total has now soared above the long-term average to 37mm.
Afternoon thunderstorms are again a possibility today, although are not likely to be as intense or widespread as those seen on Sunday.
Brisbane may receive its first rainfall in 38 days today as a few showers will develop near the coast. However there is no guarantee that anything measurable will fall in the city gauge due to the isolated nature of the shower activity.
From Tuesday to Thursday most areas along the Queensland coast will remain dry due to a building high pressure ridge.
On Friday showers and storms are likely to sweep north along the coast from Coolangatta to Rockhampton with the movement of a low pressure trough.
© Weatherzone 2012
10:11 EST Perth will get another splash in its wettest May in eight years before the sun takes hold for the rest of the week.