FEROCIOUS storms slammed into Queensland on Sunday, cancelling outside occasions, grounding planes and delivering large hailstones.
Thunderstorms will persist in inland areas of central and southeast Queensland right this moment, whereas on the horizon a brand new rain occasion has been spied.
Though it’s early days, this new system, at the moment effervescent off the Western Australian coast, has the hallmarks of this weekend’s tempestuous climate.
However earlier than that arrives prepare for temperatures approach above regular, heatwaves in some components and even areas of catastrophic hearth hazard and “uncontrollable” bushfires.
“Yesterday, we had wild thunderstorms that unfold proper cross southeast Queensland,” mentioned Sky News Weather meteorologist Rob Sharpe.
At Greenbank, a defence firing vary simply south of Brisbane, 39mm of rain pelted down because the darkish clouds rolled in. On the Gold Coast, Coolangatta fared worse, recording greater than 47mm, a lot of that falling in only one hour.
That brought about the cancellation of tremendous automotive race the GC600 as Surfers Paradise grew to become a washout.
Over the weekend, round 300,000 forks of lightning struck NSW which was stricken by the identical system.
On Monday, extra thunderstorms may hit Brisbane within the afternoon however they aren’t prone to be as offended because the storms seen in current days.
Extreme storms will strike southeast QLD and northeast NSW right this moment, with Brisbane within the firing line.
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Mr Sharpe mentioned the depth of the storms was as a consequence of a rotating higher degree chilly pool — a low-pressure system that spun and headed straight for Brisbane and the Gold Coast. And the system now off the west coast of WA appears to be like comparable, he mentioned.
“The rain occasion goes to be as a consequence of an higher degree chilly pool. The low stress system begins to type on Friday with heavy falls in Central Australia.”
Nevertheless, Mr Sharpe mentioned there have been nonetheless “large quantities of uncertainty” as to how sturdy the system can be and even the place it might head. The forecast will grow to be clearer later within the week.
One mannequin, he mentioned, had the rain making a beeline for southern components of NSW and Victoria.
“However earlier than see that rainfall, we’re going to see very heat temperatures,” he mentioned.
AROUND THE CAPITALS THIS WEEK
Away from the remaining storms, it’s going to be a typically high-quality few days, albeit with some cloud and the potential of showers right here and there.
Brisbane will see highs approaching 30C this week with some cloud however little in the best way of rain.
In Sydney a excessive of 23C will rise to 28C on a windy Tuesday after which down once more to round 20-22C for Wednesday and Thursday.
A beautiful week in Canberra with a excessive of 29C on Tuesday.
Melbourne shall be sunny on Monday with a excessive of 28C dropping again to 20C on Tuesday. Warrnambool, within the state’s west, will see the mercury push 10C above common on Monday.
A excessive of 24C in Hobart on Monday then dips to as little as 16C on Wednesday with attainable showers on Tuesday.
Adelaide will hit 30C on Monday however shall be a full 11C chillier on Tuesday as a cool change comes by way of. Temperatures will steadily rise once more in the direction of the weekend.
Temperatures in Perth shall be across the 20-22C mark for a lot of the week with showers on the southern costal fringe.
However additional north and throughout inland areas it’s going to be extremely sizzling.
Port Hedland may crack 40C on each Monday and Tuesday, with reliably toasty Marble Bar stretching to 43C.
“Intense winds throughout the inside are prone to result in catastrophic hearth hazard — that’s the best hearth degree hazard you possibly can expertise,” Mr Sharpe mentioned.
“Bushfires will type very quick and be utterly uncontrollable. Hearth risk then shifts east with the warmth specializing in Central Australia and components of South Australia.”
The fires, nevertheless, are prone to be in very distant areas.
Extreme and excessive heatwaves have additionally been forecast for the far north of the Northern Territory, close to Darwin, and the Cape York Peninsula in Queensland. The mercury will doubtless prime out at 35C most days this week in Darwin.