CLOUDS ON HORI­ZON

A wet, windy and wild few days are in store for the Lock­yer Val­ley and Somerset

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THE re­gion could be set for a wet, windy and wild next few days.

The Bu­reau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy said the Lock­yer Val­ley and Somerset re­gions should brace for se­vere thun­der­storms dur­ing the com­ing week.

Me­te­o­rol­o­gist Gor­don Banks said most of the thun­der­storm ac­tion would hap­pen to­day.

“We’re ex­pect­ing thun­der­storms to be scat­tered around (south east and south­ern Queens­land) with se­vere storms in the mix as well, po­ten­tially large hail, dam­ag­ing winds and heavy rain­fall that could lead to flash flood­ing,” Mr Banks said.

“There’s also a southerly change mov­ing up, so all of those el­e­ments and a strong up­per trough at that time will con­spire to make Wed­nes­day a pretty sig­nif­i­cant day, we think, for thun­der­storms.”

On Thurs­day the southerly change is ex­pected to bring cooler air, low cloud, show­ers and driz­zle to Gat­ton and the tem­per­a­ture will drop nine de­grees from the day be­fore to 21.

“It will be a sig­nif­i­cant change and you’ll prob­a­bly feel it,” Mr Banks said.

“That con­tin­ues on Fri­day and prob­a­bly into parts of the week­end as well.

“It’s go­ing to be an in­ter­est­ing week.”

The fore­cast comes af­ter parts of the re­gion re­ceived some wel­come rain over the week­end.

We asked our read­ers how much rain they had over the week­end:

■ Kyrsten Heavey: 60mm (Plain­land)

■ Sandy Killeen: 72mm (Re­gency Downs)

■ Tara Mcni­col: 68mm (Glenore Grove)

■ An­drew Knud­sen: 60mm (Glenore Grove)

■ Am­mie Gor­ton: 36mm (Mor­ton Vale)

■ Chrissy Heinonen: 58mm (Kens­ing­ton Grove)

■ Kris­ten Jef­frey: 59mm (Plain­land)

■ Rosie O’brien: 17mm (Esk)

■ Zoe Sedg­wick: 23mm (Gat­ton)

PHOTO: SELINAS SMB PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

DARK CLOUDS LOOM: Selina Boyle cap­tured this im­age of a storm on Satur­day at Blen­heim in the Lock­yer Val­ley.

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