Severe weather system on the cards for parts of southwest
Forecasters are warning southwest residents to be on the lookout for severe thunderstorm warnings as multiple systems over the region are expected to bring damaging winds and heavy rainfall potentially leading to flash flooding.
Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Kimba Wong said storms were detected within proximity to Roma and thunderstorms were starting to pop up near Charleville and south of St George also.
“St George hasn’t seen any activity yet but should do by this afternoon and evening,” Ms Wong said.
“There may be a severe storm for the Maranoa with the main risks being damaging wind gusts and heavy rainfall leading to flash flooding.
“The wind gusts could be in excess of 90km/hr.
“There haven’t been any warnings yet but it’s possible for early this afternoon and evening.”
It is likely the thunderstorms will continue overnight and into tomorrow morning for the Maranoa.
“The risk of severe thunderstorms in St George and Charleville is unlikely,” Ms Wong said.
The forecaster said Roma Airport had received 16.6mm of rain so far this year, not including today.
In comparison to January 2020, where 96.8mm of rainfall was recorded, 0.6mm in 2019 and 0mm in 2018.
Last month, Roma Airport received 43.4mm compared to 10.6mm in December 2019.
According to Ms Wong, Charleville has received 22mm of rain so far this year, not including today, compared to 66.6mm recorded at the Charleville Airport in January 2020.
Charleville recorded 47.2mm of rain in December 2020, a significant amount higher than 0.8 recorded in December 2019.
So far, St George has received 3.4mm of rain this year, with 36.6mm recorded in January last year.
Last month, St George recorded 44mm and 2.4mm the year before in 2019.