The Bureau of Meteorology has warned of a weekend of rain and severe thunderstorms – some that may bring large hail, damaging winds.
The Bureau of Meteorology has warned of a weekend of rain and severe thunderstorms – some that may bring large hail, damaging winds.

Wild weekend: ‘Very dangerous storms’ predicted

The Bureau of Meteorology has warned of severe thunderstorms that may bring large hail, damaging winds and heavy rain are likely across the southeastern interior on Sunday as part of a potentially wild weekend of weather.

Schoolies freshly arriving on the Gold Coast can expect heavy winds and even hail during their first weekend partying on the Glitter Strip.

Rain is expected to start later this afternoon and continue on until Sunday morning, bringing with it possible extreme weather conditions.

Bureau of Meteorology meteorologist Gabriel Branescu said the forecast was fairly standard for this time of year.

 

"We're looking at a fairly busy day with a lot of activity starting in the late morning, early afternoon," he said.

"The main concern would be damaging winds, large hail and heavy rainfall, we actually have a very high chance of those things happening."

His concerns were echoed by WeatherZone meteorologist Jacob Cronje, however he said the weather should remain calm for most of the week.

"Monday and Tuesday should be mostly just partly cloudy, anything that does occur will just be a few drops in the afternoon," he said.

"Any rain that does fall will be just a drop, nothing ground-drenching."

 

The B\OM's general warning forecasting storms to the west of the Darling Downs.
The B\OM's general warning forecasting storms to the west of the Darling Downs.

 

Meanwhile, isolated very dangerous storms with giant hail, larger than five centimetres, and destructive winds are possible, particularly around Taroom, Roma, St George and Dirranbandi.

Closer to Brisbane, showers and storms are possible for Ipswich today.

The Bureau of Meterology has given the city an 80 per cent chance of rain, albeit only a small amount.

It will be partly cloudy with a chance of rain from late morning onwards, and the chance of a possibly severe storm in the afternoon.

A maximum of 30C is forecast.

The chances of rain will decrease to about 50 per cent tomorrow, with the temperature cooling to 25C with a southeasterly change.

Monday should be slightly warmer at about 27C.


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