Heavy rain, hail in southeast Qld storms | The Courier

Heavy rain, hail in southeast Qld storms | The Courier
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A thunderstorm is moving through north Brisbane as most of southeast Queensland has been lashed with heavy rain and hail. Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster Harry Clark said the Brisbane area had seen about 40mm of rain by late Saturday afternoon, with hail measuring 2-3cm. Wind gusts had not appeared damaging so far, he said. Mr Clark said the thunderstorm moving through Brisbane’s north would head off the coast into the evening and would not pose a threat throughout the night. The Queensland State Emergency Service told AAP it had received just 10 call-outs for the Brisbane and Gold Coast region since Saturday morning, so the wild weather had not turned out to be as damaging as thought. The state has seen hot temperatures throughout Saturday, where the mercury hit 34.9C in Brisbane about midday. Sunday is forecast for a high of 29C in the Brisbane area. Parts of the central interior and northwest will have to wait a few more days for a reprieve from the heat, meteorologist Matt Marshall said. Mount Isa and Cloncurry both moved past 37C about midday while Trepell recorded 39.1C. A tropical low developing off the state’s northeast coast is also due to bring heavy rainfall and strong winds back to the North Tropical Coast. An initial flood watch was in place for coastal areas between Cooktown and Ingham. “This system is dynamic and is being monitored closely,” Mr Marshall said. “There is currently a low chance of it intensifying into a tropical cyclone.” Australian Associated Press

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