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Parts Of NSW, QLD To Be Thrashed With Violent Thunderstorms And Rain

Coastal regions of Queensland and New South Wales are set to cop a big drenching this weekend, with storm clouds and thunderstorms mobilising on Friday afternoon.

A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for southeast Queensland early on Friday afternoon as damaging winds and large hailstones thrashed suburbs close to the coast.

Images were shared online of the wet onslaught in parts of Brisbane, with social media users questioning whether rain, snow or hail -- or a combination of them all -- had fallen from the sky.

Local MP Graham Perrett shared an image of a McDonald's car park as it was flooded with rain and hail.

Showers and storm clouds also developed over the northern parts of NSW. The Northern Tablelands and the Northern Slopes will see the first rainfall on Friday evening. The trough will then move down to the NSW mid-north coast and the Northern Rivers on Saturday.

"On Friday afternoon, we are seeing showers and thunderstorms starting to develop over much of the eastern half of New South Wales and that story is going to continue tonight and into most of Saturday," Bureau of Meteorology metrologist Gabrielle Woodhouse said.

"By Sunday, we are just expecting a number of showers to remain more for the northern half of the coast but generally to clear on Sunday."

The news of the heavy rains and cooler temperatures has been welcomed by firefighters and residents battling the fires that have devastated parts of northern NSW throughout the week.

Photos taken 30 minutes apart just outside of Brisbane on Friday afternoon. Image: Maggie Gerova.

Woodhouse said wetter conditions will help reduce fire danger in the region.

The other group welcoming the rain are farmers from both Queensland and New South Wales, who continue to struggle with the persistent drought. While any rain offers some relief, this weekend's share will not be enough to make a long-lasting impact on the desperately dry conditions.

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How Wet Will The Weekend Be At Your Place?

Capital cities across the country will be impacted by some rain, wind or even thunderstorms on Saturday.

The storm cloud thrashing the east coast. Image: BoM.

Temperatures will reach just 21 degrees on Saturday in Brisbane and the city could get as much as 40mm of rain. There's a chance that there could be a thunderstorm in both the morning and the afternoon.

There's a 95 percent chance of rain in Sydney on Saturday and temperatures will reach a cool 17 degrees. Things will be slightly warmer on Sunday, which has tops of 19, with a slight chance of rain.

Melbourne won't be badly impacted by the weather system that will drench NSW and Queensland. It will be a chilly 19 degrees and there's only a small chance of rain. Light winds are also expected.

There's also a slight chance of rain Canberra either on Saturday afternoon or evening and it will be a cool 16 degrees.

Get those umbrella's ready. Image: AAP.

It's going to be a cool, but sunny weekend in Adelaide and Hobart. It'll be slightly cloudy but no rain is forecast in either city.

Perth will have a mostly sunny weekend with a possible shower forecast on Saturday morning. The top end will also be sunny, with Darwin's temperature set to climb to 34 degrees on both weekend days.

Contact Siobhan at skenna@networkten.com.au