Wild winds to continue to lash southeast
The winds of winter are set to smash South East Queensland one last time over the coming days, with gusts upwards of 60km/h predicted.
While Wednesday's unique summer swelter pleased a lot of Queenslanders craving warmer temperatures again, the Bureau of Meteorology says it's going to get a lot worse before it gets better.
Yesterday, parts of the state including Brisbane, Toowoomba and the Sunshine Coast copped 50km+ winds, with Gatton getting smashed with 60km/h gusts. This was combined with warmer temperatures throughout the region, with the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane hitting 30C at parts of the day.
Those strong winds are set to continue today, with BOM Meteorologist Salem Hannissy predicting the gusts will stay around, and peak at 60-70km/h winds again on Saturday.
"We're going to be in for a few gusty days around the southeast, though it's not all going to be as strong as Wednesday" Mr Hannissy said.
"Saturday is the big day for it though, with 60-70km/h predicted for the coastal regions, including the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and Gold Coast. You'll even feel them as far in as Toowoomba."
Though while these may seem like major gusts for parts of the state, Mr Hannissy assured this is normal for the end of winter, with many knowing them as the "Ekka Winds", being brought on by the swap to warmer spring temperatures.
"This is coming in from a strong ridge and a low pressure system coming in from the inland, though it's nothing out of the ordinary for this time of year." He added.
This winds have also sparked up very high fire danger forecasts for the state as well, with a bushfire already burning south of the QLD border as a result of strong winds.
Today's forecast has been updated with stronger winds than initially forecast across southern #Queensland. Very High fire dangers now also expected for Maranoa & Warrego, Darling Downs & Granite Belt, Wide Bay & Burnett districts. pic.twitter.com/aWJEmMPGRo— Bureau of Meteorology, Queensland (@BOM_Qld) August 18, 2020
Originally published as Wild winds to continue to lash southeast