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Storm activity to intensify along Queensland coast and hinterlands from tonight, BOM warns

By Nibir Khan, Monday May 10, 2021 - 05:03 EST

Damaging winds, golf ball-sized hail and heavy rainfall are predicted for Queensland's northern tropics on Monday evening, with south-east Queensland expecting similar conditions on Tuesday.

Storm and shower activity across eastern Queensland is set to increase this week, with the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) forecasting Tuesday and Wednesday as peak days.

BOM forecaster Rosa Hoff said the inclement weather would come from two troughs interacting on the east coast.

"This weather is being brought to us thanks to the combination of a trough system moving through interior parts of Queensland," she said.

"It's being enhanced by a trough that's also higher up in the atmosphere and having the two overlap is really hoping to reinvigorate our weather."

Ms Hoff said the northern tropics is first in line for thunderstorms.

"We have a possibility of severe thunderstorm development in the north-eastern tropical region, including an area roughly from Atherton all the way down to north of Mackay," she said.

"Within this region, we do have a possibility of seeing severe thunderstorms develop.

"They could have large hail, damaging winds and even heavy rainfall in the region."

Ms Hoff said the BOM is not expecting severe thunderstorms in the south-east on Monday, but that activity would pick up in the days ahead.

"We do have a possibility of seeing severe thunderstorm development down in south-east Queensland ? we could see damaging winds, heavy rainfall and some large hail potentially as well those likely to be marginal at this stage," she said.

Rainfall will be heaviest around the Sunshine Coast hinterland and the Gold Coast region on Tuesday.

"Rainfall between 5 to 30 millimetres is possible, but we can't rule out some isolated locations receiving an excess of 50mm with thunderstorm activity," she said.

Storm activity is expected to ease from Thursday, with sunshine on the forecast for Friday across most of the state.

"From Thursday onwards, the rainfall will retreat off and much more kinder conditions will return to Queensland.

"With the shower and storm activity expected through the region, we will see the dry season come back with full force in time for next weekend."

Ms Hoff said stormy weather at this time of year was not unusual and that the impact from the La Nina system had eased.

"Traditionally we do see the impact of it over the spring and summer months and as we've transitioned into autumn its influence has eased," she said.

"It's not uncommon for us to see troughs moving across inland Queensland.

"It is fairly common to see the occasional bursts of storm-like weather through the transitional months."


© ABC 2021

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