Thunderstorms brought plenty of wind and lightning but little rain to the Sunshine Coast hinterland. This photo was taken at Palmwoods.
Thunderstorms brought plenty of wind and lightning but little rain to the Sunshine Coast hinterland. This photo was taken at Palmwoods.

What a lightshow in the sky

A SPECTACULAR lightshow, strong wind gusts but little rain - that was the outcome of tonight's storms which left thousands without power.

Energex  said the storms cut power to about 15,000 homes across South-East Queensland, most of them on Brisbane's north side but also some in in the city's western and southern suburbs and in the Sunshine Coast hinterland.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued a warning at 6:05pm that severe thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near Conondale, Jimna, Upper Brookfield and Wacol.

"These thunderstorms are moving towards the northeast.

"They are forecast to affect Nambour, Mapleton and Borumba Dam by 6:35 pm and Brisbane CBD, Strathpine and Kandanga by 7:05pm.

"Damaging winds and large hailstones are likely.''

"Two to three centimetre hail has been reported near Murwillumbah in New South Wales.

"A wind gust of 109 km/h occurred near Dalby at 4pm.''

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Emergency Management Queensland advises that people should:

* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure loose outdoor items.
* 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.

The warning came as the Sunshine Coast hinterland has been sweltering under Queensland's heat wave with temperatures hitting a high of 37 degrees at Beerwah.

At midday, Maroochydore recorded a temperature of 29 degrees, while further inland Nambour was a stifling 35.7 degrees.

Gympie was sitting on 35.6 degrees.

Tewantin recorded just under 34.9 degrees, compared to Brisbane on 33.5 degrees, Redcliffe on 30 degrees and the Gold Coast on 31.3 degrees.

Toowoomba was sitting on 32.9 degrees at midday.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Gordon Banks told AAP temperatures in the city had reached 34.2 degrees at 10.30am and dropped to 32.8 degrees 15 minutes later.

The record high for Brisbane in November is 41.

Ipswich’s Amberley recorded 33.4 degrees at 10.45am.

Further west, Mt Isa and Longreach were in the low 30s, while 41 degrees was recorded at Birdsville at 10am.

Mr Banks said there was a chance of severe storms west of Brisbane moving towards the coast in the late afternoon or evening.

Queensland Ambulance Service is warning of the danger of heat-related illness.

”The very young and elderly are most at risk,“ QAS’s Brisbane Assistant Commissioner Leo McNamara said.

"However, anyone can be affected, which is why it is vital to take the necessary precautions.'''

People are asked to drink water, avoid alcohol and coffee, limit exercise to early and late in the day and make use of air-conditioning and fans.

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