- Thunderstorms to lash east coast on Thursday afternoon
- Large hail and heavy rain possible in south-east QLD
A huge 1,400 kilometre stretch of land across Australia’s east coast is set to be lashed by thunderstorms, with large hail forecast to hammer down on parts of Queensland.
The Bureau of Meteorology warned those living along the coast from NSW‘s Illawarra region up to Queensland’s Wide Bay that they’re in the firing line for thunderstorms on Thursday.
‘Severe storms with large hail, damaging winds and heavy rain possible about south-east Queensland and the Wide Bay. A risk of very dangerous storms inland,’ the bureau’s Queensland department tweeted.
Severe thunderstorms are also possible along the northern half of the NSW ranges and adjacent coastal areas.
Central and eastern Australia is set to be lashed with wet weather over the next week
The miserable weather is set to continue for up to the next ten days, Weatherzone said, with central and eastern Australia to cop the worst of it.
‘The bulk of the rain and storms will initially focus on central Australia, northern and western SA and southern WA between this Wednesday and Friday, with a bit of wet weather also affecting parts of Tasmania, Victoria, NSW and QLD,’ the weather service said.
‘From the weekend, a deepening low pressure trough should allow showers and thunderstorms to become more active over eastern Australia.’
Sydney is also expected to cop some weather on Thursday evening but should clear up in time for the weekend.
The Bureau of Meteorology warned those living along the coast from NSW ‘s Illawarra region up to Queensland’s Wide Bay are in the firing line for thunderstorms on Thursday
The wet and stormy weather will continue into the first half of next week, with every state and territory expected to receive some rain.
Heavy falls are possible over NSW, Queensland and central Australia.
‘Some of the coming week’s thunderstorms are likely to become severe and heavy rain could cause flash flooding in some states,’ Weatherzone said.
The wet conditions come at the same time a heatwave is sweeping across central and inland Queensland.
Severe heatwave conditions are expected across central parts of the state on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, according to the BOM.
Longreach, in central QLD, was as hot as 44C on Thursday – 8C higher above the November average temperature.
Last Friday a woman was killed when a tree fell on her during catastrophic weather in Queensland‘s south-east.
The 70-year-old is understood to have been walking outside when she was struck by the tree in Lockyer Waters, just before 6pm on Friday.
Paramedics desperately tried to save the woman for over an hour but she died at the scene.
The severe weather in the Lockyer Valley left more than 2,000 people without power as heavy wind, rain and hail lashed down.
THREE-DAY FORECAST FOR CAPITAL CITIES
Thursday Sunny. Min 15 Max 29
Friday Sunny. Min 16 Max 31
Saturday Sunny. Min 17 Max 32
Thursday Partly cloudy. Min 12 Max 22
Friday Sunny. Min 10 Max 25
Saturday Sunny. Min 10 Max 26
Thursday Shower or two. Min 12 Max 18
Friday Cloudy. Min 12 Max 18
Saturday Cloudy. Min 11 Max 20
Thursday Shower or two. Min 10 Max 15
Friday Partly cloudy. Min 7 Max 19
Saturday Possible shower. Min 12 Max 18
Thursday Shower or two. Min 9 Max 26
Friday Partly cloudy. Min 7 Max 24
Saturday Partly cloudy. Min 7 Max 27
Thursday Showers increasing. Min 17 Max 26
Friday Shower or two. Min 15 Max 22
Saturday Partly cloudy. Min 14 Max 24
Thursday Shower or two. Possible storm. Min 21 Max 33
Friday Shower or two. Possible storm. Min 22 Max 30
Saturday Partly cloudy. Min 18 Max 26
Thursday Possible shower. Min 26 Max 33
Friday Shower or two. Possible storm. Min 26 Max 33
Saturday Mostly sunny. Min 26 Max 34
Source: Bureau of Meteorology