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Queensland BOM forecast predicts fast and furious thunderstorms for south-east

By Lexy Hamilton-Smith, Tuesday November 24, 2020 - 13:25 EDT
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The storms are expected to be fast and furious, hitting the Gold Coast, Brisbane and then the Sunshine Coast. - ABC

Homeowners are being warned to brace for another series of destructive storms with damaging winds, heavy rain and hail this afternoon across south-east Queensland.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said the thunderstorms could be , south-west of Brisbane.

The "catastrophic" storm left some homes unliveable and led to hundreds of insurance claims an hour with insurers estimating the damage bill to reach over $100 million.

BOM forecaster Rosa Hoff said the brewing trough from New South Wales would head into Queensland from midday, affecting regions east of Toowoomba and along the coastal strips.

The band of storms are expected to be fast and furious due to a south-easterly change, which the BOM said would keep the Gold Coast storm-free.

Partying schoolies at Noosa's main beach are being warned to prepare to take cover as storms cross the region.

Yesterday it was dehydration that schoolies revellers were battling due to ongoing hot weather.

The change could also bring dangerous south-easterly gusts of up to 50 kilometres per hour.

Residents in the Gulf Country and Peninsula regions were also being told to prepare for destructive weather today and into Wednesday.

Ms Hoff said non-severe shower and thunderstorm activity was also expected in central Queensland.

BOM forecaster Peter Markworth said yesterday's heatwave temperatures would fall by 5 to 7 degrees Celsius as the storm band moves through.

Yesterday, Bollon in southern Queensland reached 41C ? 8C above average for November, while Thargomindah hit 42C ? also 8C above average.

Cunnamulla topped 42C while St George hit 40C on Monday.

But temperatures will still remain at or above average across the interior.

The BOM also said the very high fire danger about the south-east and eastern interior yesterday would ease a little today, as cooler air blew through.

An ongoing smoke haze hanging over eastern districts, largely from the bushfire on Fraser Island off south-east Queensland, was being pushed out by the south-easterly change.

Looking ahead, the BOM said temperatures would pick up again towards the end of the week and into the weekend, with "very hot conditions around the southern interior".


© ABC 2020

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