A line of severe thunderstorms have brought rain to parts of south-east Queensland and caused power outages in the greater Brisbane area.
The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said a line of storms formed over the Carnarvon Range and the Scenic Rim and over New South Wales.
A storm cell moving up from NSW weakened off but a larger cell followed it and bought heavy rainfall and warnings of flash flooding to the Gold Coast area, Beenleigh and Logan.
The system then moved over Brisbane and on to Redcliffe and Caboolture.
At 7:30pm, the bureau had already recorded 40 millimetres at Beechmont.
A warning issued at 7:15pm on December 24 showed a potentially dangerous storm cell headed over the Queensland capital and surrounding areas.
(Bureau of Meteorology)
More than 1,200 residents in Logan City and more than 1,100 in Morten Bay lost power, according to Energex.
The power outage affected trains, with Queensland Rail suspending the Beenleigh Line between Beenleigh and Kuraby.
Queensland Police urged motorists to avoid Archerfield Road and Boundary Road in Darra as well as Airy Street and Wacol Station Rd in Wacol due to fallen power lines.
BOM senior forecaster Gabriel Branescu said the heaviest downpours would be in the early evening on Tuesday.
“We are expecting about 20 to 60 millimetres this evening into midnight,” he said.
“Some shower activity will continue into Christmas Day tomorrow in the south-east.”
A severe thunderstorm warning was cancelled for the Darling Downs and Granite Belt.
The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services has advised people should:
- Move your car under cover or away from trees
- Secure loose outdoor items
- Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it’s flooded, forget it
- Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees
- Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm
- Beware of fallen trees and powerlines
- For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500
Christmas Day forecast
The BOM said the rain forecast for Christmas Day in the south-east would cool Brisbane to a high of 24C, with the Gold Coast to top 23C and 21C was forecast for Toowoomba.
But while the cool weather may make the Christmas roast more bearable for some, the rest of the state was set to swelter.
The central and western parts of Queensland will see temperatures 5 to 8 degrees above their December average.
Birdsville reached 49.3C on Tuesday just after 3:00pm, only 0.2 degrees short of matching Queensland’s hottest day on record.
The town will have a hot Christmas Day, with a forecast maximum of 45C. Mount Isa and Longreach are forecast to also reach maximums of 45C.
Dashboard display in a car reads 50C driving into Birdsville on Christmas Eve. (ABC News: Maddelin McCosker)
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