Parts of Queensland should brace for “giant hailstones” to pelt from the sky today, while others are warned hot, dry winds are creating a high fire risk.
The Bureau of Meterology (BOM) said Queenslanders should brace for damaging winds, heavy rainfall and large hailstones.
The severe weather warning applies to areas along the coast south of Rockhampton, including Gladstone, and further inland near the Granite Belt and Darling Downs region.
It comes as “golf ball-sized” hail was reported at Mt Larcom this morning.
“A warm and humid airmass residing over southeastern districts together with strong winds aloft associated with an upper trough are generating severe thunderstorms this morning and into this afternoon,” the BOM said.
“In the Capricornia and northern Wide Bay districts, severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging, locally destructive winds, large, possibly giant hailstones and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours.”
Areas that could be affected include Inglewood, Pittsworth, Calliope, Miriam Vale, Seventeen Seventy, Tara, Bundaberg, Maryborough, Hervey Bay, Tiaro, Gin Gin, Warwick, Toowoomba, Oakey, Inglewood and Clifton.
A fire warning has also been issued for the Central Highlands and Coalfields District today.
The BOM said “above average temperatures, dry air, and fresh west to southwesterly winds” had created a “very high fire danger” for the central and northern districts.