A monster storm with the potential to trigger tornadoes is barrelling towards Australia’s east coast with millions of residents told to brace for tennis ball-sized hail stones, damaging winds and torrential rain.
The low pressure system is expected to move down the coast in the next 24 hours with weather warnings issued for residents from Queensland to Victoria.
NSW residents as far inland as Goulburn and Orange in the central west could feel the brunt of mother nature from Thursday night.
The ACT is also forecast to experience similar wet La Niña conditions as the wild weather system intensifies.
Queensland’s south east has already been battered by rain and lightning since the early hours on Thursday morning.
Melbourne metro and areas across Victoria are experiencing some wet weather conditions as the low pressure system brings rain for the rest of the week.
Meteorologist Jonathan Howe said conditions were making it possible for tornadoes to form in south-east Queensland.
Brisbane (pictured) and areas of QLD’s south-east was hammered by torrential rain from Thursday morning
More than 50mm of rain was recorded in just one hour on the Darling Downs in Queensland
Peak hour traffic crawls through Brisbane as heavy rain wrecked havoc on roads
A cold front hitting the east coast is causing the miserable conditions in Brisbane (pictured) and is set to move the wild weather to NSW and VIC
Rain and lightning has been pelting Brisbane (pictured) since the early hours of Thursday morning with severe thunderstorm and flash flooding warnings in place
‘Today, the ingredients for a tornado really do line up. We cannot predict where they are going to form but the environment is there to see these super events,’ he told the Today show.
‘The advice is keep an eye on any of the advice is keep an eye on any of the warnings because when they do crop up they cause a lot of problems.’
The Bureau of Meteorology’s David Wilke said thunderstorms forming yesterday will turn into full-blown monster storms on Thursday.
‘We’re going to see a cold front moving through NSW … it’s going to bring pretty widespread areas of showers and storms and some reasonable rain through the southern part of the state,’ he said on Wednesday.
Brisbane (Story Bridge pictured) is on alert with meteorologists predicting flash flooding and a potential tornado
Meteorologist Jonathan Howe says conditions in QLD could see tornadoes forming with tennis ball-sized hail likely in south-east QLD and areas of NSW
Brisbane (cyclist on the Story Bridge) Brisbane) can expect clearer conditions after Thursday as the system tracks down the coast
Hail the size of tennis balls are also forecast for parts of these areas, as well as regions around Goulburn, Orange and Port Macquarie in NSW.
Queensland’s south east is already experiencing torrential rain and flash flooding alerts have been issued after a massive thunderstorm struck this morning.
A severe thunderstorm warning is in place for Brisbane and Moreton Bay.
Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Toowoomba have been pelted by torrential rain and lightning since the early hours of Thursday morning, with over 50mm falling in one hour at Dalby on the Darling Downs.
BOM has released a warning (pictured) for severe thunderstorms in these areas
‘Dalby copping an absolute monster at the moment,’ local resident Adam Ogden said to The Courier Mail.
Thunderstorms are often small area events, which means some communities may experience intense weather activity while locations nearby aren’t affected.
Hazards may include damaging winds, heavy rain, and large hail and flash flooding is possible in some locations around the east coast.
Recent rain has left catchments in those areas wet and many dams are near capacity, so there’s the potential for more rain to cause rivers to rise and flooding.
These heavier than expected rainfalls are looking more likely during the summer months after the BOM raised its ENSO outlook from a La Niña ‘watch’ to ‘alert’ on Tuesday.
Conditions are expected to begin easing after Thursday, but there’s still the possibility of thunderstorms on Friday.
Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Toowoomba have been pelted by torrential rain and lightning since the early hours of Thursday morning
NSW, Victoria (Melbourne CBD pictured) and the ACT were basking in sunshine on Thursday morning but a seismic change in conditions are expected in the afternoon as the low pressure system moves down the coast
SA and Tasmania are feeling the effects of the low pressure system as showers and chilly temperatures are forecast for Adelaide and Hobart in the coming days.
Over in Perth, cloud cover and showers are expected towards the end of the week, with highs reaching the low 30s.
Hobart is also experiencing the wet weather with rain forecast for the rest of the week and temperatures not surpassing 18 degrees.
While remaining warm, Darwin is expecting showers and possible storms for the remainder of the week.
THE WEATHER IN YOUR CITY THIS WEEK
Friday: Cloud increasing. Min 13 Max 32
Saturday: Partly Cloudy. Min 16 Max 26
Sunday: Few showers. Min 14 Max 22
Monday: Showers developing. Min 12 Max 24
Friday: Showers. Min 8 Max 18
Saturday: Shower or two. Min 10 Max 17
Sunday: Partly cloudy. Min 7 Max 20
Monday: Sunny. Min 10 Max 24
Friday: Showers. Min 10 Max 16
Saturday: Showers. Min 11 Max 16
Sunday: Shower or two. Min 9 Max 17
Monday: Partly cloudy. Min 8 Max 20
Friday: Rain. Min 12 Max 18
Saturday: Showers. Min 11 Max 16
Sunday: Shower or two. Min 8 Max 17
Monday: Shower or two. Min 8 Max 15
Friday: Showers, possible storm. Min 5 Max 15
Saturday: Showers. Min 5 Max 14
Sunday: Partly cloudy. Min 4 Max 18
Monday: Partly cloudy. Min 3 Max 20
Friday: Shower or two. Min 14 Max 23
Saturday: Partly cloudy. Min 12 Max 23
Sunday: Sunny. Min 12 Max 23
Monday: Partly cloudy. Min 12 Max 24
Friday: Showers, possible storm. Min 20 Max 29
Saturday: Sunny. Min 14 Max 30
Sunday: Sunny. Min 14 Max 30
Monday: Shower or two. Min 15 Max 28
Friday: Shower or two, possible storm Min 26 Max 34
Saturday: Shower or two, possible storm. Min 26 Max 34
Sunday: Shower or two, possible storm. Min 26 Max 33
Monday: Shower or two, possible storm. Min 26 Max 34