Large hail, 8000 without power as storms lash southeast
Southeast Queensland residents have endured severe thunderstorms that brought three-centimetre hail, high winds and heavy rain across the region.
Storm warnings were finally cancelled about 8.30pm, but not before thousands had been left without power.
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Three-centimetre hail was recorded at Greenmount, south of Toowoomba, and Hamilton Creek, southwest of Rockhampton.
And Maroon Dam on the southern Darling Downs received just over 50mm of rain in an hour, as hail was reported at Legume on the Queensland-NSW border.
More than 60 millimetres of rain was recorded in just an hour at Underwood and west of Rathdowney.
A 96 km/h wind gust was recorded at Longreach at 3:43pm
By 8pm, 8277 properties had been left without power.
In Brisbane, 2041 properties were without power, with 2244 in Moreton Bay, 1633 on the Gold Coast and 1993 in Logan also with no power.
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It follows another day of soaring temperatures across the state.
Queensland was sweltering by noon, with heatwave conditions sending temperatures soaring over 40C in the state’s central west.
The hottest place in Queensland is currently Longreach, which was 40.5C at noon, followed by Blackall on 39.9C, and Rockhampton and Blackwater on 38C.
At 11am, it was 39.7C in Longreach while temperatures had climbed to 38.2C in Blackall.
It comes after southeast Queensland was treated to a late-night lightning show as the state swelters through one last summer heatwave.
While only 18mm fell in Brisbane overnight, lightning lit up the sky around 11pm, captured by Twitter users, some of whom were woken by the storm.
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The most rainfall was recorded in Goonburra, south of Toowoomba, measuring 34mm. Eagle Farm, near Brisbane Airport, received 18mm in the overnight dump.
It followed a record-breaking day in Queensland, with Rockhampton sweltering through its hottest February day since 1969, recording 41.4C, nine degrees above average.
Bundaberg hit 38.6C, well above the 30C average. Gatton, west of Brisbane, recorded 40.4C, nine degrees above average.
Bureau of Meteorology forecaster James Thompson said a low pressure system over the Tasman Sea was to blame for the heatwave.
“That was dragging hot air from Central Australia across into eastern Queensland over the last few days, which is why we’ve seen heatwave conditions,” he said.
“We’re looking at another warm day across large parts of Queensland on Tuesday. Starting to ease off through tomorrow along eastern Queensland.
“The state will have cooled down by Thursday.”
Mr Thompson said there was a “chance” of more storms on Tuesday afternoon, more likely through the Darling Downs and western parts of the southeast.
“There is definitely a chance the storm could get to the coast today, but whether it will hit Brisbane is tricky to say,” he said.
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Originally published as Large hail, 8000 without power as storms lash southeast