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Storms have arrived and are battering parts of Queensland as the state’s storm season takes hold.

Hundreds of passengers have been affected by delays at Gold Coast Airport with flights delayed and diverted.

The Australian Bureau of Meterology warned the ‘primary threat’ is the possibility of between 60mm and 70mm of rain in an hour leading to ‘local flash flooding’ as the rains head towards Brisbane.

Storms brewing over the Gold Coast and Queensland on Monday night as the area was plunged into darkness

Hundreds of passengers were delayed when their flights were affected at Gold Coast Airport

Hundreds of passengers were delayed when their flights were affected at Gold Coast Airport

Flights were diverted to Brisbane or delayed by up to three hours as storms hit Queensland

Flights were diverted to Brisbane or delayed by up to three hours as storms hit Queensland

Virgin Australia reported its three flights from the Gold Coast to Melbourne and Sydney have been delayed by up to three hours.

Jetstar also said its 6.45pm flight to Melbourne was delayed by around two-and-a-half hours and was due to depart at 9.15pm.

Meanwhile one of its flights from Melbourne had to be diverted to Brisbane. 

Severe thunderstorms were predicted by forecasters for the south east coast on Monday evening with rain expected to lash down.

Dramatic pictures have been posted on social media of the storm arriving across the region earlier in the afternoon around the Gold Coast.

Heavy flooding is predicted with some areas possibly getting up to 50mm of rainfall throughout the night. 

Sydney suffered its wettest day in 12 months on Sunday with rainfall of up to 70mm in western suburbs while there was between 50-80mm of rain in areas between Newcastle and Canberra.

Gloomy clouds gathered over the south east coast of Queensland and is expected to reach Brisbane tonight

Gloomy clouds gathered over the south east coast of Queensland and is expected to reach Brisbane tonight

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advised drivers to never drive or ride through floods

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advised drivers to never drive or ride through floods

The storms roll in over Gold Coast at Mermaid Waters

The storms roll in over Gold Coast at Mermaid Waters

The town of Gatton, 100km east of Brisbane. had 51.2mm of rain since 9am on Monday, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advised drivers to never drive or ride through flood waters.

‘If it’s flooded, forget it,’ they said. ‘Seek shelter preferably indoors and never under trees. Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm. Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.’

Gatton, 100km east of Brisbane. had 51.2mm of rain since 9am with many areas also set to face a deluge on Monday night

Gatton, 100km east of Brisbane. had 51.2mm of rain since 9am with many areas also set to face a deluge on Monday night

Radar pictured the rainfall over the east coast of Australia on Monday evening as storms lashed Queensland

Radar pictured the rainfall over the east coast of Australia on Monday evening as storms lashed Queensland

A statement from the BoM said: ‘Heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding is likely.

‘At 6.35pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Coolangatta and Jimboomba.

‘These thunderstorms are moving towards the northeast. They are forecast to affect Logan Village, Bundamba Lagoon and Greenbank by 7.05pm and Beenleigh, Logan City and Wacol by 7.35pm.

‘At 7.45pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Ipswich, Beenleigh and Logan City.

‘They are forecast to affect Brisbane CBD, Cleveland and Esk by 8.15pm and Strathpine, the area northwest of Esk and Toogoolawah by 8.45pm.’ 

For assistance in an emergency contact the State Emergency Service on 132 500. 

AUSTRALIA’S WEATHER: THE FORECAST IN YOUR CITY

SYDNEY  

TUESDAY: Max 25. Partly cloudy

WEDNESDAY: Max 29. Sunny 

THURSDAY: Max 28. Mostly cloudy

FRIDAY: Max 25. Possible showers

SATURDAY: Max 27. Partly cloudy 

CANBERRA 

TUESDAY: Max 26. Partly cloudy

WEDNESDAY: Max 29. Sunny 

THURSDAY: Max 30. Partly cloudy

FRIDAY: Max 26. Partly cloudy 

SATURDAY: Max 31. Partly cloudy

PERTH  

TUESDAY: Max 24. Clouds clearing

WEDNESDAY: Max 30. Sunny

THURSDAY: Max 33. Sunny

FRIDAY: Max 28. Mostly sunny

SATURDAY: Max 30. Sunny 

BRISBANE 

TUESDAY: Max 28. Cloudy

WEDNESDAY: Max 29. Partly cloudy

THURSDAY: Max 33. Sunny

FRIDAY: Max 31. Partly cloudy 

SATURDAY: Max 30. Partly cloudy

 Source:  Bureau of Meteorology 

MELBOURNE 

TUESDAY: Max 30. Sunny

WEDNESDAY: Max 30. Partly cloudy

THURSDAY: Max 22. Cloudy, showers

FRIDAY: Max 25. Partly cloudy 

SATURDAY: Max 28. Mostly sunny 

ADELAIDE 

TUESDAY: Max 35. Sunny

WEDNESDAY: Max 24.Partly cloudy

THURSDAY: Max 27. Partly cloudy

FRIDAY: Max 30 . Sunny afternoon

SATURDAY: Max 28. Mostly sunny

HOBART 

TUESDAY: Max 26. Partly cloudy 

WEDNESDAY: Max 23. Showers 

THURSDAY: Max 21. Partly cloudy

FRIDAY: Max 22. Partly cloudy

SATURDAY: Max 23. Partly cloudy 

DARWIN   

TUESDAY: Max 32. Showers, stormy

WEDNESDAY: Max 32. Possible storm

THURSDAY: Max 32. Possible storm

FRIDAY: Max 32. Possible storm

SATURDAY: Max 31. Possible storm  

 



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