Rain, hail and thunder, it's a stormy end to the week

A hail storm hit Oakey today at about 2pm.
A hail storm hit Oakey today at about 2pm. Richard Wessling/Higgins Storm Chasing

UPDATE: BOOMING bursts of thunder rang out across the Darling Downs this afternoon with reports of intense rainfall and strong damaging winds.

Powerlines were brought down during the storm in Goombungee while Oakey residents were somewhat surprised by hail about 2pm.

But those conditions were shortlived, with the Bureau of Meteorology predicting fine and clear conditions across the weekend.

Forecaster Sam Campbell said although yesterday afternoon's storm delivered a welcome shower of rain, the weekend was tipped to be clear.

"For the weekend, we're looking at fine conditions with no rain forecast," he said.

"Temperatures are looking to reach a maximum of 24 degrees at Toowoomba, 25 degrees in Warwick and a little bit cooler at the Granite Belt on 23 degrees at Stanthorpe."

Mr Campbell said the fine weather, perfect for enjoying the blooming jacarandas, would continue into next week.

"For Monday, we're looking at a continuation of the fine conditions and mostly sunny conditions expected for the weekend," he said.

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Heavy hail fell across parts of the region this afternoon. Oakey local Antoinette Nette Eather sent us this photo of her front door.
Heavy hail fell across parts of the region this afternoon. Oakey local Antoinette Nette Eather sent us this photo of her front door.

EARLIER: A hail storm has hit Oakey as the severe thunderstorms forecast by the Bureau of Meteorology roll across the Darling Downs.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the Toowoomba Regional Council area at 2pm.

 

Steph Childes sent us this photo of hail falling at her place in Oakey.
Steph Childes sent us this photo of hail falling at her place in Oakey.

EARLIER: Toowoomba and the Darling Downs could be in for a wet and windy end to the week with thunderstorms expected throughout today.

A heavy downpour about 4.30 this morning saw 3.2mm of rain recorded at the Toowoomba airport.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe thunderstorm warning for damaging wind at 7.20am.

Storms and showers are expected to impact the Darling Downs, Warrego and Granite Belt districts.

They will clear later today.

The weekend will be mostly sunny with temperatures in the low 30s.


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