Queensland to cop a battering as heat builds for Christmas Day

Date: 2021-12-22 23:26:11

Parts of Queensland will cop a battering today as dangerous thunderstorms expected to bring heavy rain, strong winds and large hail sweep across the state.
The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) said that residents living in the Maranoa and Warrego Forecast District, including parts of Bollon, will be the worst affected today.

“A moist, unstable airmass with a weak trough across the interior has developed thunderstorms this morning,” the BoM said.

South-east Queensland has been battered by wild winds, lightning and golf-ball-sized hail, destroying a single mother's home in Brisbane's south.
Parts of Queensland are expected to be battered by wild winds, heavy rain and damaging hale today as an “unstable airmass” sweeps across the state. (Nine)

“Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours.”

A major flood warning is currently in place for the Balonne River as well as general warnings for the Weir, Thomson and Warrego Rivers.

Residents are advised to seek shelter, avoid deluge and remove cars parked under trees while conditions remain treacherous throughout the day.

Sydney in particular will see rain move in this morning, after several consecutive days of sunshine.

And while showers will clear for December 25 in Sydney, Brisbane will see showers for the big day – though it’ll be a warm 28C.

People sunbathe on Bindi Beach, Sydney
People sunbathe on Bondi Beach, Sydney (Dean Sewell.)

Clouds are expected to clear in Melbourne today, with temperatures set to reach 21C

Hobart will see a top of 19C today, and will also stay dry for Christmas.

Adelaide will get a cloudy Christmas.

However, as well as a sunny and hot 35C today, Perth is in line for the hottest Christmas Day on record on Saturday.

A top of 42C is expected, with similar heat due on Boxing Day.


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