There will be violent thunderstorms in southeast Queensland this afternoon after another summer fire across the state that saw temperatures exceed 40 ° C.
The Bureau of Meteorology said storms would likely create noxious winds, large hailstones, and heavy rainfall that could lead to flash floods.
The office said that at 4 p.m. on the weather radar near the area severe thunderstorms have been recorded northeast of Warwick, Allora, Moore, and the area east of Nanango.
It was predicted to affect Kilcoy, the area west of Kilcoy and Cunninghams Gap, by 4:30 p.m. and Jimna, Aratula and Mount Kilcoy by 5:00 p.m.
A more general severe thunderstorm warning was also for the central west and parts of the northern gold fields and Upper Flinder, Herbert and Lower Burdekin, the central highlands and the coal fields, the areas of Wide Bay and Burnett, Darling Downs and Granite Belt and the southeast coast currently.
It was around noon in Queensland hot, and the 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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