THE storm season is shifting into top gear across Queensland with intense thunderstorm development expected over the next few days.
"Isolated thunderstorms should develop today from about Townsville to Fraser Island but unlike yesterday the more intense cells will probably remain off the coast," says Tom Saunders, senior meteorologist at The Weather Channel.
"Thunderstorms on Thursday will become more widespread as a trough heads inland followed by a similar set-up on Friday and Saturday with very humid north-easterly winds and thunderstorms across most of the state," he said.
"From Thursday onwards the thunderstorms have the potential to become extremely dangerous over Queensland and may generate damaging winds, flash flooding and large hail. Brisbane's best chance of seeing severe weather is Friday or Saturday," Mr Saunders said.
"By late Sunday most areas south of about Emerald and east of Roma should receive at least 30mm of rain, but the more violent storms could bring localised falls of 50mm in only a few hours.
" It is possible small parts of the south-east quarter of Queensland will see around 100mm," he said..
"The trough will move off the coast on Sunday but isolated showers and thunderstorms should continue over eastern Queensland early next week.''
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