Wet weather pictures on the Sunshine Coast. A surfer looks over the waves coming in at  Alexandra Headland trying to keep the rain off with his brolly. Photo:Nicholas Falconer / Sunshine Coast Daily
Wet weather pictures on the Sunshine Coast. A surfer looks over the waves coming in at Alexandra Headland trying to keep the rain off with his brolly. Photo:Nicholas Falconer / Sunshine Coast Daily Nicholas Falconer

Severe storms loom as cool, wet weather sets in

A SPRINKLE this morning with more rain on the way is the promise for a cool, wet end to a hot week on the Sunshine Coast.

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast an increasing chance of showers, rain and thunder storms during Friday and Saturday with the maximum temperature unlikely to climb above 24C before Sunday.

Forecaster Livio Regano said light showers had fallen on Moreton Island and fringed coastal areas of the Sunshine Coast early this morning.

He said more was on the way with totals from 15 to 30mm expected on Friday afternoon or evening and into Saturday.

He said there was potential for severe thunderstorms particularly on Saturday.

He said those under one could expect rainfall totals well in excess of 30mm.

"We're pretty certain there will be a rain event," Mr Regano said.

"We're just not sure how much."

Some models were showing that the upper level trough, which would combine with moist onshore flows to deliver rain close to the coast, may cut off and form two low-pressure systems in the upper atmosphere.

Mr Regano said sea conditions would remain relatively benign.

He said light easterlies today at 15-20km/h would swing east, southeast on Friday before turning northerly as the trough approached from the west.

Winds on Saturday are predicted to shift from north west to north easterly about 10-15 knots.

The temperature should peak at 23C today with south easterlies at 15-20km/h becoming light into the afternoon.

Friday's temperature should also peak at 23C with heavy cloud overhead, showers late in the morning and into the afternoon and a chance of thunderstorms which may be severe.

Winds which may reach 15-20km/h from the east through the middle of the day will fade towards evening.

There will be heavy cloud again on Saturday with a 22C temperature maximum, potential for severe thunderstorms and rainfall totals that may exceed 30mm.

Sunday should be mostly sunny with a maximum of 24C and developing south easterlies reaching 15-20km/h from the south east.

After a cooler Monday with a 23C maximum temperatures, the thermometer should hit a 29C peak by Wednesday.



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