Dangerous storms lashing parts of Queensland are expected to ease to heavy rain in time for the state’s first AFL grand final at the Gabba.
Earlier today there were fears severe storms could delay tonight’s game with lightning and heavy rain pummelling Brisbane this afternoon.
Queensland’s Bureau of Meteorology released a severe thunderstorm warning for the state’s north west and Gulf Country just after noon today. This has since been cancelled.
The warning said the storms are likely to produce damaging winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding.
The forecast for Brisbane is 70 per cent chance of showers “most likely in the afternoon and the evening” with a chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon and evening.
However, the Bureau provided a weather update this evening.
“Plenty of rain and even the odd storm around Brisbane at the moment, but conditions should start to ease for bouncedown,” Queensland’s Bureau of Meteorology said in a tweet.
The potential for lightning during tonight’s grand final match between Geelong Cats and Richmond Tigers could trigger suspending the game under the AFL’s National Extreme Weather Policy.
Under the policy, if lightning is predicted within 10km of the venue at the scheduled starting time the game time may be delayed by up to an hour.
Maximum temperatures stayed below average in the far southwest, with highs of 27C in Brisbane.
The severe weather systems also brought storms to much of the east coast, and northern parts of the Northern Territory.
Meanwhile, things heated up over on the west coast, with a warm air mass drifting over Western Australia set to deliver Perth its warmest weekend in seven months.
NEW SOUTH WALES & THE ACT
Widespread showers and thunderstorms, possibly heavy, cleared from the far west during the day.
Some thunderstorms are likely to become severe, particularly about the ranges and adjacent slopes. Mostly cloudy.
Rain and isolated thunderstorms, contracting to central and eastern districts during the morning then to East Gippsland in the evening.
Moderate to heavy falls about northern and eastern districts, easing. Isolated showers continuing about southern and mountain areas. Snowfalls above 1300 metres at night.
Moderate northerly winds tending colder, moderate to fresh southerly from the west during the day, locally strong about the central and Gippsland coasts.
Fire Danger remains Low to moderate across the state.
Rain contracted to the northeast early, then eased and tending to showers later in the morning.
Showers developing about the west and south during the afternoon.
South to southwesterly winds, freshening about the coasts during the day. Highs of 15C in Hobart and 18C in Launceston.
It was cool to cold in the south, grading to mild in the far north. Top temperatures of 19C in Ceduna and warming up to 26C in Moomba.
Fresh to strong southerly winds, moderating in the west.
A near-stationary low pressure trough along Australia’s west coast will help draw warm inland air towards Perth this weekend, with the city forecast to reach 29C.
A slight to medium chance of showers and thunderstorms north of Tennant Creek and a high chance over the central Top End, mainly during the afternoon and evening.
Possible damaging wind gusts with thunderstorms in the northeastern Barkly and eastern Carpentaria Districts. Mostly sunny and cooler elsewhere.
Very hot in the Gregory District and northern Tanami Districts. Light to moderate northwest winds north of Elliott.
Winds tending south to southeasterly south of Elliott, fresh and gusty at times.
Fire Danger – High across the Top End, Gregory, Carpentaria, Tanami and Barkly Districts.
– Reported with Weatherzone and Australian Bureau of Meteorology