Residents of Southeast Queensland have been warned to prepare for severe storms, which can cause hail, high winds and flash floods.
The Bureau of Meteorology warned that severe thunderstorms were on the weather radar in the city at 5:30 p.m. Near Boonah, Beaudesert, Laidley, Gatton and Elgin Vale in a northeasterly direction.
It was predicted that they would cover Ipswich, Coolangatta and the areas between Gympie and Murgon by 6 p.m. and Brisbane CBD, Beenleigh, and Logan City Esk until 6:30 p.m.
Previously, Maroon Dam on southern Darling Downs had received just over 50mm of rain in an hour, and hail was reported in Legume on the Queensland-NSW border.It was predicted to affect Boonah, the area between Boonah and Beaudesert and the area northeast of Kingaroy at 5:25 p.m. and Beaudesert, Laidley and Gatton at 5:55 p.m.
By noon it was hot in Queensland and the heatwave en conditions caused temperatures in the central west of the state to rise above 40 ° C.
The hottest place in Queensland is currently Longreach with 40.5 ° C at noon, followed by Blackall at 39.9 ° C and Rockhampton and Blackwater at 38 ° C.
It comes after Southeast Queensland was treated to a nightly lightning show as the state swells from a final summer heat wave.
While only 18mm fell overnight in Brisbane, a lightning bolt lit the sky around 11 p.m., captured by Twitter users, some of whom were woken by the storm.
A stunning light show will sweep through most of Southeast Queensland tonight. This bolt was pointed west from Coorparoo, where it was just beginning to rain, as the thunder builds up @ 10NewsFirstQLD # bnestormpic.twitter.com/Aj3bDaQ9M8
Most of the rainfall was recorded in Goonburra south of Toowoomba at 34mm. Eagle Farm near Brisbane Airport received 18mm in the night storage hall.
A record day followed in Queensland, when Rockhampton experienced its hottest February day since 1969 with 41.4 ° C and nine degrees above average.
Bundaberg reached 38.6 ° C, well above the 30 ° C average. Gatton, west of Brisbane, recorded 40.4 ° C, nine degrees above average.
James Thompson, forecaster of the Bureau of Meteorology said a low pressure system over the Tasman Sea was responsible for the heat wave.
« This has been dragging hot air from Central Australia to East Queensland in the last few days, which is why we saw heat wave conditions, » he said.
« See you Tuesday another warm day in much of Queensland Starting tomorrow in East Queensland.
Mr Thompson said there is a « chance » of more storms on Tuesday afternoon, more likely through the Darling Downs and western parts of the Southeast.
« There is definitely that Possibility of the storm reaching the coast today, but whether it will hit Brisbane is difficult to say, « he said.
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