WARNING: A fire warning was put in in place for the Darling Downs and Granite Belt.
WARNING: A fire warning was put in in place for the Darling Downs and Granite Belt. Brian Cassidy

Severe weather elements to make a perfect fire storm

A PERFECT storm of bad elements is heading our way as the Bureau of Meteorology issues a severe fire weather warning for the Granite Belt and Darling Downs regions this afternoon and tomorrow.

Meteorologist Jess Gardner said residents could expect gusty and erratic winds, coupled with warm temperatures and possible thunderstorms.

A combination of these dry elements could lead to a heightened risk of fire, Ms Gardner said.

"The warning is a result of warm temperatures and strong winds with the storms being extra to that," she said.

"It makes the conditions worse and makes firefighting quite challenging."

Thunderstorms could also bring with them dry lightning and hail.

According to Ms Gardner, dry lightning is what happens when lightning occurs without much rainfall or at a location behind or in front of rain.

Unfortunately, for those hoping to see a shower out of the storms, Ms Gardner also said they should be prepared to be disappointed.

"We're not expecting a great deal of rainfall due to fairly dry winds," she said.

A QFES spokeswoman said they were aware of the warning in place and asked residents to have a fire plan ready.

"People should not be using power tools, sticking to fire bans and being super careful with all equipment they are using," she said.

For the latest fire warnings and updates, check out QFES' website, Facebook or Twitter.



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