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Cricket under threat from expected storms

Thunderstorms are tipped to dump heavy rain over parts of southeast Queensland in the next two days, weather forecasters say.

Falls between 30 and 100 millimetres – the heaviest since mid-winter – are expected over the Darling Downs, Gold Coast hinterland and western suburbs of Brisbane.

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"For much of the coast this will be welcome rain, given the recent long dry spell," Weatherzone forecaster Brett Dutschke said.

"Many places will gain more rain in 24 hours than they have in the previous three months."

Only 27 millimetres of rain fell in Brisbane over in August, September and October – almost 150 millimetres shy of the long-term average – making those three consecutive months the driest in 18 years.

In the winter of 1994, Brisbane just received 25 millimetres.


Mr Dutschke said a slow-moving low pressure trough, filling up with tropical moisture, would likely cause rain and storms from Queensland's top end to the New South Wales border.

"This trough is inching across western, central and southern Queensland, taking high humidity, rain and storms with it," he said.

The intense storms could bring flash flooding and damaging winds, he said.

Mr Dutschke said it was likely the first Test at the Gabba would be interrupted by rain on Saturday.

"As much as a session or two may be lost," he said.

Skies will clear during Sunday, he said, but southeasterly winds will likely be fairly cool.

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