South east Queensland is bracing for severe thunderstorms over the weekend, with hot steamy conditions also predicted.

Expected to reach as high as 35 Celsius in Brisbane today, the sweltering conditions will continue on Saturday and Sunday with the threat of supercell storms likely to produce severe weather.

Ipswich could get as hot as 37C, while the Sunshine Coast will register 32C on the mercury. Much of the west is tipped to exceed 40C.

The storms could reach Brisbane as early as today, however it is more likely to occur on Saturday or Sunday.

Today marks four years since The Gap storms of 2008, where severe weather ripped through the Brisbane suburb of The Gap and surrounding areas, causing widespread damage and a hefty clean-up bill.

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