Storms, hot weather on the way for the south-east on the weekend

ON THE RADAR: Possible storms are forecast for the weekend. Photo: Daniel and Elizabeth Kelly
ON THE RADAR: Possible storms are forecast for the weekend. Photo: Daniel and Elizabeth Kelly

STORMS are on the cards again for the south-east.

Weather Bureau meteorologist James Thompson said an approaching trough could cause wild weather in the region this weekend.

"Severe thunderstorms are a real risk, with a vigorous upper trough extending from the Tasman Sea into southern Queensland," he said.

More than 100mm fell in just half an hour in Flagstone, with 147mm recorded as the slow-moving storm lingered over the suburb on January 6.

A Flagstone resident described a river running through his property.

"It was insane how much water we got off the road and nature strip. It was an absolute river."

In the same storms, Beaudesert recorded 84mm, but the Redlands had barely a sprinkle.

January is usually one of the wettest times of the year for the Redlands, recording 160mm on average, but halfway through the month, only 20mm has fallen so far.

The heat will be on later this week, with temperatures to creep up as a heatwave develops across parts of the state.

"Locally severe heatwave conditions are forecast to develop across parts of western, southern and central Queensland from the southwest this week," Mr Taylor said.

"Temperatures are forecast to be 3 to 6 degrees above the January average by the weekend.

"This heat may feel more significant due to the recent cooler weather."

The south-east will feel the heat less than areas on the other side of the Great Dividing Range, with coastal areas predicted to cop temperatures in the low 30s.

In Beaudesert, the mercury is set to tip 35 degrees at the end of the week.