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Australia weather: Severe thunderstorms in Qld as polar blast drops temps in Victoria, Tas

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Destructive winds, giant hail and heavy rain could lash parts of Queensland on Tuesday afternoon from the Sunshine Coast up to the Central Coast.

The Bureau of Meteorology is yet to release any official thunderstorm warnings but has urged residents to keep an eye out.

“Severe thunderstorms are possible over eastern QLD, between Gympie and Bowen,” the BOM Queensland tweeted at 3pm.

“Damaging winds, large hail, and heavy rainfall are the primary hazards. Gladstone, Rockhampton, Mackay.”

An earlier thunderstorm forecast had the Sunshine Coast, the Wide Bay-Burnett region and the Central Highlands in the firing line and most likely to be hit by “very dangerous” but isolated thunderstorms.

“Severe thunderstorms are possible in central and southeastern QLD, and likely north of Brisbane, with damaging winds, large hail, and heavy rainfall,” BOM said late Tuesday morning.

Sky Weather meteorologist Rob Sharpe said the storms would build through Tuesday afternoon and into the evening.

It comes after severe thunderstorms lashed NSW on Monday.

Sydney recorded 23.6mm of rainfall, with most of the rain falling in just 15 minutes, causing flash flooding.

“The total rainfall in Sydney is now more than 250mm above the previous record and more than double the average annual rainfall,” Mr Sharpe said.

The NSW coast will now have a break from the wet weather, with only “a drop here or there” in the next four days.

Meanwhile, the weather in Victoria is proving correct the BoM’s warning over the weekend that Sunday would be the last warm day for a while.

A cold front is moving across the southeast on Tuesday, which Sky Weather meteorologist Alison Osborne said brings “cold polar air straight from the Antarctic”.

Showers, hail and even snow in alpine regions is expected in the afternoon and evening in Victoria and Tasmania.

The cold and wet weather is expected to stick around for the week. Up to 100mm could fall in Gippsland over the next four days.

Wednesday is likely to be the coldest day for the week. In Melbourne, a low of 9C and top of 15C is forecast. Hobart is likely to reach just 14C the same day.

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