Severe thunderstorms are rumbling across parts of Queensland’s central interior from the coast to the outback, with many regions that had been struggling through drought now receiving drenching rain.
The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said in its warnings abut 7:30pm that severe thunderstorms with damaging winds and heavy rain that may lead to flash flooding would impact parts of the South Burnett and Toowoomba council areas.
Locations that may be affected include Dalby, with the storms moving towards the east.
Other areas affected include the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Wide Bay and Burnett and Darling Downs and Granite Belt districts.
The BOM also said damaging winds and large hailstones from severe thunderstorms would also affect parts of the North Tropical Coast and Tablelands, Northern Goldfields and Upper Flinders, Herbert and Lower Burdekin, Central Coast and Whitsundays, Central Highlands and Coalfields, Central West, Channel Country and Maranoa and Warrego districts.
Areas that may be affected include Thargomindah, Charters Towers, Cunnamulla, Quilpie, Isisford, Barcaldine, Collinsville, Ingham and Lucinda.
Some western parts of Queensland have already received decent rain over the last 48 hours.
For locals in tinder-dry western Queensland, the downpours have turned the red earth into mud pits ripe for fun.
‘They just loved it’
Fred Wharton and his family had been enduring 46 degree Celsius days at Cunnamulla, before the rain came late Wednesday with about 33 millimetres recorded.
“It’s the best rain I’ve seen here for a while,” Mr Wharton said.
“There was two little bursts of it, the first one seems to be the heaviest of it and then there was a follow up little storm after that.
“Next minute I hear the young fella’s outside screaming, went outside and here they are running up and down in the water — they just loved it.”
Mr Wharton captured video his nephews frolicking in the mud.
“Talking to the old people here they said this is the driest they have ever seen Cunnamulla in a lifetime,” he said.
Showers and thunderstorms rolled across the west, central interior and into parts of the south-east overnight.
Blackwater, north-east of Cunnamulla, received 63mm, Richmond had 44mm and other regions received between 25 to 40mm.
“The inland activity in the west was more extensive that what we’d typically see for shower and thunderstorm activity and so we did see a few good falls,” Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) forecaster Matthew Bass said.
More showers and storms are likely Friday, from the Peninsula and Gulf down through the west to the New South Wales border.
“This inland trough really is bringing quite a few showers and storms,” Mr Bass said.
“It is pretty normal this time of the year to be seeing shower and thunderstorm activity across Queensland and I guess it is noteworthy because it has been so dry particularly out in the west.”
Dust haze to impact south-west of state
Despite rain in some parched areas of Queensland, BOM forecaster Rosa Hoff said dust haze had been covering other parts of the south-west this morning.
“We can see on our satellite image that some dust has been picked up from South Australia and some possibly from areas of New South Wales as well and it’s blowing towards areas such as Birdsville,” she said.
“This area of dust is only affecting the south-west at this time, that’s because it’s been picked up behind a surface level trough which is lying through the interior, generally south of around Mt Isa and it’s then going down towards the Maranoa Warrego district.
“We’re expecting this dust activity to be confined to areas to the south and west of this trough.”
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