Large hail, severe storms to batter state

Assignment Freelance Picture Zoom Earth Precipitation Map for Saturday 20 April at 4PM
Zoom Earth Precipitation Map for Saturday 20 April at 4PM shows the rainfall which is set to hit Queensland in the coming days. Photo: Zoom Earth.

Queenslanders should prepare themselves for more wet weather, with severe thunderstorms involving heavy rainfall, damaging winds and large hail predicted to hit parts of the state on Thursday.

A flood watch warning is in place across northern Peninsula catchments, with heavy rainfall forecast across the northern Peninsula and Torres Strait for the next few days.

A Bureau of Meteorology spokesperson said the rainfall may lead to “localised flash flooding along with renewed river rises given the saturated conditions in the area.”

“These conditions are expected to occur with a tropical low (15U) that is forecast to move westwards across the Northern Cape and Torres Strait during Thursday and into Friday,” the spokesperson said.

“This system should track over northern Gulf of Carpentaria waters or towards the Arafura Sea over the weekend.”

The spokesperson said there was a moderate – 20-30 per cent – chance it would develop into a tropical cyclone.

In South and Central Queensland, residents should get ready for severe thunderstorms, with locally damaging winds, large hail and heavy rainfall possible in parts of southeast Queensland on Thursday afternoon and evening, particularly around the Border Ranges and Granite Belt.

Severe storms are possible across the Gold Coast, western Brisbane suburbs, the Main Range and the southern Darling Downs.

The Bureau of Meteorology spokesperson said non-severe storms were possible in south eastern and central parts of the state, south of about Longreach to Rockhampton and east of Longreach to Thargomindah.

“Drier conditions are expected to return to the south east on Friday, with just the outside chance of light showers,” the spokesperson said.

“Showers are generally expected to increase across southeastern Queensland and parts of central Queensland over the weekend.

“This activity may even tend to areas of rain with some moderate to locally heavy falls possible, especially near the coast.”

The Bureau of Meteorology has several warnings in place for minor and moderate flood flooding that continues in parts of western and southern Queensland.

Assignment Freelance Picture Bureau of Meteorology forecast rainfall for 21 April 2024
Bureau of Meteorology forecast rainfall for 21 April 2024. Picture: Bureau of Meteorology.

Outside Queensland, parts of NSW can also expect severe storms with large hailstones, damaging winds and heavy rainfall on Thursday with a chance of thunderstorms continuing through the weekend.



Saturday — sunny, max 30

Sunday — sunny, max 30


Saturday — partly cloudy, max 18

Sunday — partly cloudy, max 18


Saturday — showers, max 22

Sunday — partly cloudy, max 23


Saturday — shower or two, max 26

Sunday — showers, max 24


Saturday — sunny, max 22

Sunday — sunny, max 22


Saturday — mostly sunny, max 20

Sunday — sunny, max 21


Saturday — mostly sunny, max 19

Sunday — partly cloudy, max 21


Saturday — mostly sunny, max 34

Sunday — mostly sunny, max 34