Moderate to severe storms are to sweep the Darling Downs today, signalling the end of this week's heatwave.
Moderate to severe storms are to sweep the Darling Downs today, signalling the end of this week's heatwave.

Showers, severe storms predicted for Toowoomba today

MODERATE to severe storms are predicted to sweep the Darling Downs today, signalling the end of this week's heatwave.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Annabelle Ford said the unstable weather pattern would continue into the weekend.

"We are expecting that an inland trough out west will combine with an incoming warm and moist air mass from the east, causing storms later this afternoon," she said.

"There is a chance that some of these storms will be severe, mainly around the Granite Belt, Toowoomba and out to Dalby.

"We expect these showers and storms in the late afternoon, with a chance that they will continue into the evening.

"This surface trough is seen to be lingering around the region for a few days - the storms could continue into the weekend."

The potential for storms comes after a sweltering week of weather, BoM revealing that areas such as Toowoomba, Dalby and Roma recorded the driest first two months of the year on record. 

"Temperatures in the Darling Downs will become cooler than we have seen in the last few days," Ms Ford said. 

"We are predicting a maximum of 30 degrees for Toowoomba tomorrow, dropping to 23 degrees on Saturday.

"We are expecting anywhere from 5mm-15mm of rain in the next few days, however this could differ depending on locality."

Ms Ford advised residents to watch the BoM website for severe storm warnings.


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