Big hail and damaging winds are “definitely on the cards” in a week-long Queensland deluge
Meteorologists warned that heavy rains and damaging winds were expected across the state with a week of widespread storms and heavy rain. Look how much you fell
Since 9am on Monday, the majority of the state has shivered during a “well below average” November day, with parts of the Western District and Darling Downs facing inundation.
Stanthorpe was hit by 51mm while Artonga was hit by 81mm.
The bureau’s meteorologist, Patch Clapp, said the trough currently hanging over inland southern Queensland was expected to provide winter-like conditions every day this week and into the coming weekend.
“The rain was very heavy across most parts of the state, especially in the western and low-lying parts of Queensland, with most of that area seeing between 50 and 80 mm of rain,” Clapp said.
“In the west, storms are developing right now and it’s only a matter of time before we issue some severe thunderstorm warnings.
“What’s causing these conditions is a slow-moving low and widespread cloud cover. It’s lingering over parts of the southern interior and is made up of a moist, unstable air mass, and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon.”
Around Brisbane, 5 to 10 mm fell on parts of the city, and intermittent rain is expected across the south for the rest of the week.
Mr Clapp said the temperatures recorded were 5 to 9 degrees Celsius below average for this time of year.
“Certainly large hail and damaging winds are expected, but the main concern is that rain will fall every day this week across the state, and you are expected to feel at least some drizzle,” he said.
“Extensive cloud cover over most parts of the state will bring temperatures down and bring persistent rainfall.”
Southern parts of the state barely exceeded 20C on Monday, with temperatures in Rollingstone and Gatton being 9C below average for this time of year and Warwick recording a maximum of just 18C.
The temperature in Brisbane on Tuesday is expected to reach 26 degrees Celsius, with a high possibility of rain throughout the day. Temperatures on the Gold Coast will reach 25°C, with storms expected to make landfall around midday.
A rainfall total of more than 110mm was recorded in southern Queensland on Sunday night.
The bureau’s Helen Reid said storms were expected to form in the coming days.
“We have a really wet environment so there could be a lot of rain.
“There is a lot of moisture in the air and severe thunderstorms can be seen,” she added.
Areas such as St George recorded 77mm of rain, with Goondiwindi reaching the 60mm mark.
“We have been seeing these higher numbers over the last 24 hours and we can expect that today not much will change and the heavy rains will remain in isolated areas.”
Goondiwindi, Kingaroy and Chinchilla will receive the bulk of the rainfall and severe thunderstorm warnings can be expected in the Wide Bay and Capricornia areas.
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Closer to the coast, Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast will not be as dramatic with showers mainly coming from the trough to the west.
“The Southeast can expect continued rainfall, and thunderstorms and rain may continue for the rest of the week, as the low is moving very slowly,” Reed added.
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