Thunderstorms expected but Brisbane's severe storm warning cancelled
3.06pm The weather bureau says thunderstorms will rumble over Brisbane this afternoon, but a severe storm warning has been cancelled.
The Bureau of Meteorology has withdrawn its severe thunderstorm warning for Brisbane, however areas to the north of the city are still on alert. Photo: Bureau of Meteorology
‘‘The storm activity will continue, but the severity has weakened,’’ BOM forecaster Michelle Berry said
She said storm cells that were headed for Brisbane had weakened, but not completely dissipated.
‘‘We have cancelled the metro warning for southeast Queensland, because those cells that were heading towards Caboolture have weakened in the last half hour,’’ she said.
‘‘We do have some more development currently occurring out towards Roma, so we can’t rule out if this is the last of the storm activity for today.’’
Ms Berry said it was unlikely the storms would bring heavy rainfall to the city.
‘‘The heaviest rainfall we have seen was around Esk ... which received 22 millimetres in one hour earlier this afternoon,’’ she said.
‘‘Remaining parts of the southeast have generally had five millimetres or less.’’
The Bureau of Meteorology has withdrawn its severe thunderstorm warning for Brisbane, however areas to the north of the city are still on alert.
Forecasters issued a warning for severe storms at 1.30pm, saying damaging winds and large hailstones were likely to hit Brisbane.
But storms cells which developed over the inland ranges tracked further north and the warning for Brisbane was withdawn at 2.18pm.
A warning remains in place for parts of Moreton Bay and the Sunshine Coast.
The storms were expected hit the town of Esk, northwest of Brisbane, about 2.05pm and Lake Wivenhoe by 2.35pm.
Wind gusts of up to 87km/h were recorded at Oakey on the Darling Downs, shortly before the Bureau of Meteorology issued its first storm warning, at 1.30pm.
The mercury in Brisbane was expected to hit 31 degrees by mid-afternoon, but an unexpected sea breeze saw the temperature reach just 25.5 degrees at midday and then drop to 23.5 degrees by 2pm.
Earlier today, BOM forecaster Michelle Berry said there was at least a 50 per cent chance of thunderstorms affecting Brisbane.
‘‘The storms will be moving quite rapidly, so we might see some intense, short-lived rainfall,’’ Ms Berry said.
But she said no more than 30 millimetres of rain was expected across Brisbane.
‘‘Under a severe storm some areas might get 20 or 30 millimetres or so, but we’re more likely to see about 10 millimetres through most other areas,’’ she said.