SEQ at risk of storms and hail until Friday

MOST south-east Queenslanders might avoid another thunderstorm this afternoon, but the Bureau of Meteorology is warning that ferocious weather is almost guaranteed for Thursday.

The Bureau reckons there is a 40% chance of a storm developing over Warwick, Toowoomba and Ipswich from early afternoon, although it is unlikely to reach the coastline.

That means those on the Sunshine, Fraser and Gold coasts may be able to venture outdoors without the umbrella.

While the odds seem to suggest relatively clear weather, the Bureau says we could still be at risk of hail stones this afternoon and tomorrow.

Forecaster Rick Threlfall told Australian Regional Media that while a storm is not as likely as it was on Wednesday, we still need to keep an occasional eye on the radars.

"We could still get some small hail today and tomorrow," he said.

"That would be a risk."

He said clouds would begin developing "any time into this afternoon" but the storm's impact would be scattered.

Mr Threlfall said there was a "70% to 80%" chance of a storm striking the inland parts of southern Queensland on Thursday, with up to 30mm of rainfall predicted.

The skies are predicted to clear by Friday, giving Queenslanders a chance to enjoy the long weekend.



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