Storm season is off to a late start this year, but may go longer than expected, according to the weather bureau.
Storm season is off to a late start this year, but may go longer than expected, according to the weather bureau. Jay Cronan

Storm season off to late start but may last longer

THE bushfire threat has eased and storm season has been delayed, but that could all change pretty quickly, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

The Gladstone region got a welcome drop of rain at the end of October and moisture levels have been up, with more showers and maybe the odd storm on Friday and across the weekend.

There is a southerly change forecast to come in late on Saturday with the chance of coastal showers to go with it.

BOM senior forecaster Bryan Rollstone said the region hadn't seen any significant thunderstorms so far this season and the temperatures had not yet climbed significantly to increase the fire danger, with a bit of moisture still about.

"Things have been delayed a bit, you could say," he said.

"Generally we could expect thunderstorms from October on. So far there has not been anything major.

"But that could change into December and January," he said.

Mr Rollstone said rain could develop with a band moving across the state and then the south-easterly change kicking in on Saturday.

And the south-easterly change would also bring cooler temperatures to the Gladstone region, with the winds getting up to 25-30 knots late in the weekend, making it a no-go for fishers intending to head out to the reef.

So while we have no extreme storm or other events on the horizon, Mr Rollstone warned that could change and our normal severe thunderstorm season could kick-in soon and then go longer than expected.

Severe storms with damaging winds, heavy rain, flash flooding and even hail are common in Queensland in the so-called storm season, which normally arrives in mid to late spring and can go right through summer.

WEATHER WARNINGS

  • Cyclone: 1300 659 212
  • Land, Flood: 1300 659 219
  • Marine: 1300 360 427
  • Tsunami: 1300 878 6264
  • Bureau of Meteorology at bom.gov.au


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