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BOM forecasts wet, stormy Labour Day long weekend for much of Queensland

By Elizabeth Cramsie, Friday April 30, 2021 - 08:21 EST
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South-east Queensland can expect between 20mm and 40mm of rainfall on Friday and Saturday. - ABC

Large parts of Queensland are in for a wet weekend with streaming showers set to increase over the east coast and severe thunderstorms later today.

Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) forecaster Peter Markworth said there was a possibility of severe thunderstorms from Townsville to Agnes Water this afternoon.

"Those would be for damaging wind gusts, marginally large hail and there is a risk of some heavy rainfall into this evening," he said.

"We also could see some large accumulations of small hail, which are also possible in those thunderstorms through the eastern inland region today."

The BOM said south-east Queensland could be hit with between 20mm and 40mm of rain on Friday and Saturday.

Meteorologist Rosa Hoff said the wet front was courtesy of south-easterly winds.

"This means that showers from out over the ocean are going to get pulled onto the coast thanks to the east-to-south-easterly winds," she said.

Rainfall is expected from Cooktown to the New South Wales border, with the possibility of extending further west to the Central Highlands and Coalfields.

Ms Hoff said there was a chance of thunderstorms from the Whitsundays to the state's south-east at varying stages over the three days.

"The chances of seeing storm activity do pick up a little bit around Townsville for Friday but then ease back to the central and southern parts of Queensland's coastline for the actual weekend itself," she said.

"At this stage we're not expecting these thunderstorms to become severe and to get particularly intense, however we'll continue to watch the development of any activity and issue warnings as appropriate."

While the below-average temperatures being experienced over the past few weeks are here to stay, the weekend should be fairly mild with no cold snaps or frosts expected.

Ms Hoff said easterly swells of up to 2 metres over a period of seven to nine seconds were expected, due to a significantly increased sea state.

"We're not expecting to issue any hazardous surf warnings in response to this, it should be below our thresholds," she said.

"It will still be a significantly increased sea state and combined with the long weekend could make things a little bit more significant out on the water."


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