'Giant' Hailstones, Severe Fire Danger And A Heatwave Predicted For QLD
An onslaught of wild weather is expected to hit Queensland with "giant" hailstones, severe fire dangers, heatwave conditions and dust all forecast in coming days.
Severe thunderstorms are forecast to move across the state from Saturday which could potentially produce damaging winds, the weather bureau says.
As they move into to the state's south east on Sunday, the fast-moving storms could produce hail stones up to four centimetres in diameter (about the size of a golf ball) and be classed as "giant", says meteorologist Jessica Gardner.
Any rainfalls are expected to bring little relief to the drought stricken parts of the state. The forecast storms are expected to be followed by fresh southerly winds in Queensland's western areas.
The winds could whip up dust in regions near Thargomindah and Birdsville. As winds shift westerly the raised dust could travel as far east as the Darling Downs, Gardener told AAP.
The same hot dry winds are then expected to create severe fire dangers across Queensland from Monday. The severe conditions are expected for areas that have already been hit hard by fires in recent months.
Areas expected to be affected include the Darling Downs and Granite Belt region, the South East Coast, Central Highlands and Coal Fields and Wide Bay Burnett District.
"We'll see those regions which have already had some very bad fires see fire dangers creep up again at the beginning of the week," Gardener said.
To add insult to injury, the Bureau of Meteorology also forecasts sweltering temperatures up to 6C above average.
It will be so hot over the next three days the bureau expects heatwave conditions for the entire Queensland east coast north of the Capricorn Coast.
"We're looking at temperatures in the mid 30Cs, getting up to the high 30Cs and touching the low 40Cs further inland," Gardener said.