Severe thunderstorm warning for SEQ

Posted: March 31, 2013 by Rizwan Riyad in world
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Flash flooding is likely for parts of Brisbane, the Gold and Sunshine Coasts in the next 24 hours as a dense, wet weather system moves seaward from the inner South East prompting a severe thunderstorm warning for the region.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a warning for people in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Logan, Moreton Bay, Ipswich, Redland City, North Stradbroke Island, the Lockyer Valley, Sunshine Coast, Scenic Rim and Somerset Council areas as severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall.

There’s also a severe thunderstorm warning current Warwick, Toowoomba, Dalby, Ipswich, Stanthorpe, Boonah, Oakey, Chinchilla and Miles, with damaging winds and heavy rainfall likely leading to flash flooding in those areas.

But Bureau of Meteorology Weather Services Manager Richard Wardle said the trough set to drench Brisbane and surrounds should clear out overnight.

Though the line of rain and storms brought on by the weather pattern was likely to dump in excess of 50 millimetres of rain in the city and coastal gauges before it passed Mr Wardle said.

“Tomorrow when we wake up we should see some rain clearing to showers,” he said.

“The system is orientated in a north-west, south-east and in that sense should move into the Wide Bay [and] Burnett region a little bit later [on Sunday] bringing similar falls.

“The rain will clear through the early hours of the morning.”

Toowoomba has already had 14 mm of rain in the last hour, Mr Wardle said.

Brisbane attracted a top of 28 degrees on Easter Sunday, Ipswich a maximum of 27 degrees, and it was 28 degrees at both the Gold and Sunshine Coasts.

Easter Monday is expected to be slightly cooler; 26 degrees for Brisbane and the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, and 27 degrees at Ipswich.

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