Extreme weather rainfall in queensland

Extreme weather outlook. Courtesy: Courier Mail

After parts of the southeast copped a drenching overnight, the weather bureau is again predicting rain for some parts of the state and warning of potentially ‘severe’ thunderstorms.

The bureau is predicting Brisbane will get up to 10mm on Saturday, with the chance of a thunderstorm.

Drought-affected areas in in southern Queensalnd, including Charleville, Roma and St George, could also be in for some good rain today but may face ‘severe’ storms.

Rain and thunderstorms are starting to thicken in #SouthernQld and will push east overnight. Some storms this afternoon may become severe and affect places such as Charleville, Roma and St George. Keep up to date with warnings https://t.co/aGvK5tQZ6x pic.twitter.com/piNHbGLS7K

— Bureau of Meteorology, Queensland (@BOM_Qld) August 25, 2018

Overnight, storms swept through southeast sections of the state, with some areas reporting good falls, including Coolangatta, on the Gold Coast, which received more than 32mm. The Gold Coast Seaway got 11.4mm, while Beaudesert has falls of up to 6.8mm.

Areas north of Brisbane also fared well, with Beerburrum recording falls of up to 13.6mm, while Redcliffe got 3mm.

The weather bureau is expecting rainfall totals of up to 30mm in some places across the weekend, however it is likely to be in the form of patchy, “hit-and-miss” rain.

Brisbane is expected to reach its average monthly rainfall this weekend, with forecasters saying the city could see its August rainfall average of 38.7mm over the weekend, but areas further west would see even more, Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Janine Yuasa said.

Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast would see falls of up to 25mm on Sunday, while the Gold Coast would register 30mm.

DROUGHT-stricken farmers in southern Queensland could see some slight relief this weekend as showers and thunderstorms hit the area.

Towns from Emerald and east of Charleville are forecast to get up to 30mm of rainfall as an upper level low and surface trough combine. The Bureau of Meteorology said the result would be a medium to high chance of showers and thunderstorms over the southeastern quarter of the state.

“(It’s) more likely to be showers and thunderstorms and that patchy, hit-and-miss kind of rain rather than a solid rain band,” bureau spokeswoman Janine Yuasa said. “The focus (for today is likely to be areas south of Emerald and east of Charleville.

“In terms of rainfall, broadly across the areas … 5mm to 30mm-plus in some areas.”

Places such as Charleville and Dalby have received less than 20mm of rain for the entire winter period as farmers continue to struggle through another dry season.

However, Darling Downs farmers are sceptical about the amount of rain this weekend.

Dalby farmer and AgForce Grains president Wayne Newton laughed when asked what he thought of the forecast rainfall. “You have to forgive our sceptism,” he said.

“We won’t be jumping around until I actually see water coming down all of our paddocks.

“This is an extremely dry part of the year.

“We typically get little to no rain at this time but in saying that, we have had some good rainfall before in August.”

The rainfall is expected to shift east tomorrow with up to 25mm in Brisbane and possibly 30mm on the Gold Coast.

“The southeast is most likely to see that (rain) activity come through on Sunday morning,” Ms Yuasa said. “We could still see some showers around in the afternoon on Sunday but most of the guidance suggests it’ll be cleared up by then.”