A series of severe storm cells have formed in southern and southeastern Queensland, with half a dozen regions warning that they could be hit by damaging winds and large hailstones.
A southeasterly change moves through the southeast to a moist, unstable air mass that triggers scattered thunderstorms.
The Bureau of Meteorology warned that severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Ipswich, Amberley, the area south of the NSW border and Mount Barney around 4.30pm.
They are moving east and are expected to affect the Brisbane CBD, Archerfield and Camp Hill at. 17:00 and Logan City, Cleveland and the southern part of Moreton Bay at. 17.30.
Harmful winds and heavy hail are likely.
A separate warning has been issued for parts of the Wide Bay and Burnett region, the Darling Downs and the Granite Belt and the south-east coast, but the storms over Noosa and the northern Wide Bay have weakened.
The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) forecasts Shane Kennedy said the primary area of concern was the eastern Darling Downs, which stretch into the Lockyer Valley and the western suburbs to Brisbane.
“We are tracking a heavy thunderstorm on the way to Ipswich, which will potentially have an impact later this afternoon, and we are also tracking some storms north of Noosa and north of Bundaberg this afternoon,” he said.
The storms are expected to continue well into the evening, bringing gusts of over 90 kilometers per hour and hail 2 centimeters wide or more.
Sir. Kennedy said there was unlikely to be significant rainfall.
“These thunderstorms are moving really fast, so it will reduce the chance of heavy rainfall, and we have not observed too much in the way of that precipitation so far this afternoon,” he said.