A return to storms and heavy weather were expected again as this week progresses with the Bureau of Meteorology forecasting a very wet weekend ahead. Photo: Warren Lynam
A return to storms and heavy weather were expected again as this week progresses with the Bureau of Meteorology forecasting a very wet weekend ahead. Photo: Warren Lynam

Experts warn to brace for week of wet, wild weather

THE Sunshine Coast is in for more wild weather this week, with the Bureau of Meteorology forecasting early the prospect of heavy rain and storms into the weekend.

Ahead of that, forecaster Kimba Wong said a new upper level low pressure system would bring an increased chance of severe storms and damaging winds on Wednesday and Thursday.

The focus would initially be in the hinterland and further south before directing towards the coast.

Heavy weather would then pick up along the coast this weekend with an 80-90 per cent likelihood of showers.

Mr Wong said the weather would be driven by an upper level low pressure system similar to that has generated the heavy weather of recent weeks.

"It's certainly looking to be pretty wet," she said.

The BOM was also watching a low-pressure system that may form into a tropical cyclone in the Gulf of Carpentaria late this week.

Although early signs were that it would head west towards the Northern Territory, Ms Wong said Gulf cyclones were notoriously difficult to predict.

Expect a 30C maximum today with a 60 per cent chance of some rain late morning or early afternoon and the possibility of a hinterland thunderstorm. South east winds could be expected through the middle of the day at 15-25km/h.

A similar maximum of 30C was forecast for Tuesday again, with rain late morning or early afternoon and the chance of a thunderstorm.

The hot, humid conditions of recent days with moisture-filled warm air would again intensify by Wednesday with a 33C maximum forecast and warm northerly to north-westerly air flows at 15-25km/h.

Although temperatures were expected to cool towards the weekend, the chance of rain would increase to 80-90 per cent by the weekend.

There was a likelihood of thunderstorms every day from Thursday.


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