Northern storm season rolls into gear

Beef Central, 13/10/2011

Forecast preciptation from October 12 to 20. Source: COLAThe active start to the storm season is rolling on, with stormy weather forecast for much of Queensland and parts of northern NSW over the next two days, according to Weatherzone.

A low-pressure trough is expected to deepen and increase thunderstorm activity across the State into Friday, before “stepping it up a notch” and bringing widespread heavy showers and storms on Saturday.

The heaviest rains are expected to fall across the Southeast, in the Darling Downs, Maranoa and Warrego and the Central Highlands and Coalfields districts.

These areas have already seen a very wet start to the month with widespread rainfalls of 25-50mm having already fallen.

“Much of southeast Qld is likely to see 15-30mm of rainfall from Thursday to Sunday, with the heaviest totals occurring Saturday.

The Southeast Districts could see as much as 40-80mm and a four day total of as much as 50-100mm. The same areas will see the possibility of severe thunderstorms, which have the potential for flash flooding and hail.

The humid northwest flow is also likely to bring showers and afternoon storms to the Top End, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

Central and North Eastern NSW can expected scattered showed and isolated thunderstorms today, with more isolated showers to the south and west, while isolated showers are forecast for most of the state, apart from the far west, tomorrow.

Isolated showers are forecast for Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia, and WA over the next two days.

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