Heatwave set to continue, bringing more storms, rain

The Ipswich region should expect to see storms every day until the end of the week with the heat not letting up any time soon.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Dean Narramore said: "There is a chance of an afternoon thunderstorm every day, some could be severe."

There should be a cooler change on Saturday and Sunday which will see the mercury drop to the 30 and 29 respectively.

Today will be the coolest day of the working week with a maximum of 33, a slight chance of a shower and the chance of a thunderstorm during this afternoon and evening. 

It will be warmer tomorrow with a high of 34 and again the chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon and evening.

Wednesday will be the day to avoid going outside with the mercury expected to reach 37.

Conditions will cool off a little on Thursday and Friday before the cooler weather arrives on the weekend. 

 

The storm over Springfield Lakes on Saturday afternoon.
The storm over Springfield Lakes on Saturday afternoon. Inga Williams

WRAP UP: What the storm did to Ipswich

DANGEROUS thunderstorms in Ipswich, the Scenic Rim and Lockyer Valley saw roofs ripped of homes, thousands left without power and a teenager struck by lightning.

The SES responded to 90 calls for help around Queensland during the storm on Saturday, with the majority of those coming from Ipswich, the Scenic Rim and Logan.

"The main things they were called out for were fallen trees, minor flooding and leaking roofs," a QFES spokesperson said.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Dean Narramore said several supercell storms moved into Queensland from New South Wales late Saturday afternoon, causing hail and major damage to many parts of the region.

Lightning at Amberley on Saturday afternoon. Photo: Elisabeth Johnson
Lightning at Amberley on Saturday afternoon. Photo: Elisabeth Johnson

He said the second line of storms, coming from the West, hit Gatton and Ipswich at about 5.30pm causing strong winds, heavy rain and hail for some areas.

"Boonah saw smaller marble size hail and Rathdowney saw golf ball size hail," Mr Narramore said.

"That was mostly heavy rain and wind by the time it got to Ipswich."

More than 37,000 Energex customers lost power across the state, including more than 1,300 across the Lockyer Valley, 1,200 in the Scenic Rim and 3,400 in Ipswich.

BoM also had reports of roofs removed and damaged at Gatton, where winds reached speeds of 88km/h.

"Amberley saw wind gusts of 90km/h when the second line of storms hit," Mr Narramore said.

"Wind gusts could have been even stronger in other parts of the region."

Queensland Ambulance Service reported that a teenager was struck by lightning at Allora, near Warwick, on the Darling Downs while he was holding a metal door in the front section of the house.

Closer to home the severe storm also forced many weekend events to be postponed.

Saturday's storm forced the Marburg Christmas Carnival to be postponed.
Saturday's storm forced the Marburg Christmas Carnival to be postponed.

Organisers of the annual Marburg Christmas Carnival postponed Satruday night's event after the storm caused the showgrounds to lose power.

Santa was only delayed for a short time though and changed his visit to Sunday.

Tennis fixtures at Tall Gums Sports Centre in Walloon were cancelled on Saturday due to the on court temperature peaking at 43.2 degrees at 2pm.

In good news for farmers, the storm also brought some much-needed rain to a very dry Scenic Rim.

"Harrisville got 72mm and they needed it," Mr Narramore said.

"Marburg saw 18mm with most of Ipswich getting around 18/22mm."



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