Forecasters have warned the Sunshine Coast is likely to see storms today, and those storms could be severe.
Forecasters have warned the Sunshine Coast is likely to see storms today, and those storms could be severe. Chris Gilchrist

Severe thunderstorm threat: Bureau warns wild weather likely

SEVERE thunderstorms could strike the Sunshine Coast within hours, with heat and humidity in the boiling pot for the perfect wild weather recipe.

The Bureau of Meteorology has advised that storms are likely today, and those storms may be severe with heavy rainfall.

Showers and storms are most likely to hit from late in the morning, before easing to rain into the afternoon and evening.

The Bureau is expecting rainfall of up to 40mm on the Sunshine Coast for the rest of the day.

The mercury is set to reach 30 degrees today, but residents will be telling a different story to temperature gauges as the intense humidity drives up the apparent temperature.

At 6.30am this morning the Sunshine Coast airport recorded temperatures of 23.8 degrees, but early risers were sweltering in an apparent temperature calculated to be at 29.1 degrees with the relative humidity at 95%.

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Forecasters have warned storms could return tomorrow afternoon or evening, but the chance of rain will drop to 50%.

Some cloud cover and possible showers were forecast for Thursday (with a 30% chance of rainfall) and Friday (50% chance of rainfall), but fine weather will return for the weekend.

Last night more than 1000 homes were without power as storms battered parts of southeast and central Queensland.

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On the Sunshine Coast, falls of up to 40mm were recorded overnight at Obi Lookout while Coolum received 25mm, Palmwoods 27mm, and Noosa 16mm.

The Bureau issued a severe thunderstorm warning for people in the Northern Goldfields and Upper Flinders, Central Coast and Whitsundays, Central Highlands and Coalfields, Central West and Capricornia Forecast Districts, but cancelled the warning just after midnight.

Power was restored to almost all homes across the state by 6am.