Residents in southeast Queensland have been warned of severe thunderstorms that can cause large hailstones, noxious winds and flash floods.
The Bureau of Meteorology announced that severe thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near Jimna, Cunninghams Gap and the Border Ranges National Park southwest of Brisbane in a northeast direction at 4:25 p.m.
They were predicted to affect Moogerah Dam, Aratula and Borumba Dam at 4:55 p.m. and Boonah, the area southwest of Gympie and the areas between Gympie and Murgon, at 5:25 p.m.
It was hot in Queensland around noon and heatwave conditions raised temperatures above 40 ° C in the central west of the state.
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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