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Fog blankets coast from Brisbane to Cairns, showers and possible storms to follow

By Elizabeth Cramsie, Wednesday June 16, 2021 - 02:57 EST
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A photo of the fog from a building at George St in the Brisbane CBD. - ABC

The Bureau of Meteorology says there is the possibility of severe storms later today after large parts of eastern Queensland woke to a thick blanket of fog.

The weather phenomenon engulfed the south-east, stretching west to Gatton and as far north as Cairns.

BOM senior forecaster Pieter Claassen told ABC Radio Brisbane several factors have provided the perfect conditions for fog.

"Light winds, a weak ridge in place along the coastline and a lot of moisture as well has been feeding into the coastal regions the last few days," he said.

Mr Claassen said showers would set in this afternoon before the possibility of thunderstorms late this evening.

"It'll reach Brisbane very late in the day today, so more like just before midnight potentially," he said.

"Then heading into tomorrow morning as well we'll see those showers and the odd thunderstorm linger around into late morning tomorrow morning before they clear off the coast by the afternoon."

The bureau said severe storms with damaging wind, large hail, heavy rainfall were likely in central and western Queensland including Roma, Biloela, Emerald and Blackall as well as across central and eastern districts between Mackay and Stanthorpe.

Mr Claassen said temperatures were expected to drop by Friday with single digits expected in the city.

"Down to 5 degrees [Celsius] for Ipswich by Friday and the weekend as well and then the daytime temperatures down to just 20 degrees by the weekend."


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