Queensland to remain anything but sunny

THE greys skies are expected to keep rolling in today, with more rain forecast for southeast Queensland.

The news comes after heavy falls packed a punch across the region yesterday, flooding roads and sparking power outages for hundreds of homes and businesses.

The Gold Coast and Beaudesert copped the worst of the weather yesterday, with falls of more than 50mm dumped in Beenleigh and Mount Tamborine.

There were also reports of small hail inland from the Sunshine Coast, which was drenched.

Brisbane was left largely unscathed by the deluge, with very little rainfall.

The mercury is expected to reach a top of 32C in the River City today, while Surfers Paradise is tipped to top 31C.

The temperature is also expected to climb to 33C in Ipswich.

There is a medium chance of showers for much of the southeast, as well as possible storms in the afternoon.


EARLIER: DANGEROUS storm activity has cleared for southeast Queensland after a third straight day of volatile weather.

Meteorologist Andrew Buffalino said southeast Queensland and northern NSW, including Falls Festivals attendees, can expect lingering showers for the rest of the night.

However severe thunderstorm activity has waned.

"Nothing too extravagant is happening right now. There is some moderate rain between Beaudesert and Caboolture," Mr Buffalino said.

Areas in the Scenic Rim have copped the most rain since 9am Tuesday, including Romani near Jimboomba, which received 73mm and Beaudesert with 65mm.

Mr Buffalino said the Brisbane metro and eastern suburbs have missed out on the storms for the third straight day.

"These storms are very hit and miss in nature," he said.

Winds of 93km/h were recorded in Blackwater near Emerald.

It is understood large hail activity occurred south of the border in NSW but not much has been reported in Queensland today.

Mr Buffalino said there was some small hail reported north of Beaudesert.

Severe thunderstorms are forecast for Brisbane again on Wednesday afternoon.

Local heavy falls are possible particularly in the eastern Gulf Country, and Northern Goldfields.

Muggy conditions are persisting.

Earlier this afternoon, flash flooding occurred in parts of the Scenic Rim region and the Gold Coast Hinterland with Beaudesert being the worst hit, police said. Up to 50mm of rain fell in less than an hour in places.

Flash flooding at Beaudesert. Photo: Sam Hill
Flash flooding at Beaudesert. Photo: Sam Hill

"The worst flooding is the Beaudesert side of Biddaba road - it is cut both ways," Queensland Police wrote on Twitter.

It comes as a car was caught in flash flooding as the first wave of 'very dangerous' thunderstorms tore across the Gold Coast and south east Queensland from 3pm today.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Gordon Banks said the temperature was a "couple of degrees" above average, but the humidity being felt in the Queensland capital was comparable to that of Darwin.

"It's really all up and down the coast," he said on Monday.

Mr Banks said showers and a possible storm were expected in Brisbane on Tuesday and Wednesday, but a cool change should come through on Thursday.

He said it would start to feel less humid but the temperature looked set to rise on the weekend.

File picture: A powerful storm rolls over our Bethany Property in Kingaroy. Picture: Josh Bjelke-Petersen
File picture: A powerful storm rolls over our Bethany Property in Kingaroy. Picture: Josh Bjelke-Petersen

Meanwhile, power was knocked out in thousands of homes last night after severe thunderstorms battered parts of central and southeast Queensland.

Volatile weather in the state produced multiple severe thunderstorms on New Year's Day.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology 75mm of rain fell at Boyne Island, south of Gladstone, in an hour.

Heavy rain also fell at multiple locations at Gin Gin, including 132mm at Bucca Weir in two hours, 86mm in an hour in Gin Gin itself and 73mm in half an hour at Morganville in the southwest.

Yarrabilba, south of Logan, was the most affected by the power outages with more than 2,000 homes in the dark during the peak of the storm.

An Energex spokesman said 102,000 lightning strike activities were recorded in the four hours between 3pm and 7pm. Of those, 30,000 lightning bolts made landfall.

Falls of up to 40mm were recorded at Obi Lookout in the Sunshine Coast hinterland while closer to the coast, Coolum (25mm), Palmwoods (27mm), and Noosa (16mm) all saw good rain. Sunshine Coast Airport also recorded 19.4mm in one hour.

Howard 57mm.

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