The post-Christmas storms predicted by the Bureau of Meteorology look ready to hit.

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for the Darling Downs, including Warwick, Toowoomba, Dalby, as well as southern Brisbane and Ipswich and north of the Sunshine Coast, including Gympie and Kingaroy.

The bureau is warning of “damaging winds and hailstones” and has recommended outdoor items be secured and cars are parked away from trees.

Most of the storm activity is expected to stay inland, with coastal areas to feel the residual rain and wind effects.