Strike me lucky, here comes the big wet again
CRACKING DISPLAY: Daniel Hair, a professional storm chaser based in Mackay, has captured a still image of a lightning storm near Middlemount in Central Queensland on Thursday. More rain is predicted across patches of Central Queensland,
EXTREME weather conditions have created the perfect recipe for a cracking light show in Central Queensland.
Professional storm chaser Daniel Hair captured these bolts of lightning on Thursday night during a thunderstorm over Middlemount, where temperatures hit 37 degrees yesterday.
If you missed the spectacular event, more thunderstorms are predicted across Central Queensland and the CentralWest across the weekend as far west as Longreach, through Emerald, Dysart, Biloela, Rockhampton and Yeppoon.
There were plenty of people feeling the heat across the region yesterday, with Rockhampton’s apparent temperature at a sweltering 39.9 degrees at 2.50pm.
The actual temperature in Rockhampton was 35.4 degrees.
It appears other Central Queenslanders are in the same boat, with one woman recording near 50 degrees in
the garage at her Middlemount address yesterday.
A predicted downpour could come as good news for Longreach, Blackall and Winton, which all recorded plus-40 degree temperatures for the second consecutive day.
The Bureau of Meteorology forecast mid-30s temperatures across Capricornia through to next Wednesday.
See below for the forecast for Rockhampton, Yeppoon and Emerald.
The BoM forecast a very moist and unstable air mass across the state last night, ahead of a surface trough to the far southwest of Queensland.
“This will result in a fairly broad area of storms, with some heavy falls likely,” the BoM stated.
“Hot to very hot and humid conditions will also affect southern districts near and ahead of the trough.
“A ridge of high pressure will then build over southeast and central districts during Monday and Tuesday, causing the surface trough to shift west.
“Temperatures should decrease through the south-eastern corner of the state early next week though will likely remain at or a bit above the January average before increasing again from mid-week.”
River levels have continued to drop across the Fitzroy catchment, with no current flood warnings for the region.
STORM CHASING: Daniel Hair, a professional storm chaser based in Mackay captured a still image of a lightning storm near Middlemount in Central Queensland.
Rainfall forecast from January 13, 2017 to January 16, 2017.