The first band of thunderstorms heads for the coast.
The first band of thunderstorms heads for the coast. Damian Bathersby

More storms on the way

UPDATE: The Bureau of Meteorology has warned more severe thunderstorms have been detected on the weather radar both west and south of Noosa Heads.

The storms are moving north-east and are forecast to affect Noosa Heads and the area east of Gympie by 5.35pm and the area north-east of Gympie and Toolara Forest by 6.05pm.

Damaging winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones are likely.

UPDATE: At 3.55pm the Bureau of Meteorology warned severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Cleveland, Strathpine and Toolara Forest.

The thunderstorms were moving towards the east to south-east and were forecast to affect Redcliffe, Scarborough and Lake Cooloola by 4.25 pm and the area north of Noosa Heads, southern Moreton Island and Tangalooma by 4.55pm.

EARLIER: THE first band of thunderstorms have begun sweeping in from the west but the Sunshine Coast isn't in the firing line yet.

Forecasters' predictions of severe storms are being realised but at this stage it's the Gold Coast and northern NSW coastal areas which are about to be hit.

The Bureau of Meteorology's radar shows a band of storms with moderate to heavy rain moving east and already hitting Byron Bay, with the Gold Coast likely to be hit in the next few hours.

A Weatherzone meteorologist told the Daily this morning there was a strong chance of severe storms crossing the region later today.

"The storms are expected to cross the Coast in the late afternoon or early evening," he said.

"It's going to be pretty humid today and tomorrow producing the significant thunderstorm risk."

About 2pm there appeared to be storms gathering to the west of the Sunshine Coast but nothing as severe as what as hitting further south.

Mr Sharpe urges locals to keep an eye on any storm warning issued by the bureau and to act immediately.

Temperatures in the region are also expected to peak in the mid-30s over the weekend.

Predictions of a heatwave today appear to have been over-stated, with the Coast waking to overcast skies and a predicted top of 30 degrees.

The mercury is expected to hit 33 degrees tomorrow.

Health professionals are urging people to stay cool, be sun safe and stay hydrated as the weather heats up.

AMA Queensland president Dr Chris Zappala said the change of temperature could make many people vulnerable to heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

"The symptoms of heat exhaustion include a pale complexion, sweating, rapid heart rate, muscle cramps, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea, vomiting and fainting," he said.

"If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should take immediate steps to lower your body temperature - lie down somewhere cool, drink cool water, remove your outer clothing and contact your GP."


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