Heavy rain is expected on the Sunshine Coast.
Heavy rain is expected on the Sunshine Coast. Patrick Woods

6OMM FALLS: Heavy rain edges toward Coast

RAIN and storms could begin to impact the Sunshine Coast from as early as this evening ahead of what was expected to be a wet Thursday, with the chance of falls to 60mm in places.

The Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Lachlan Stoney said humid and unstable conditions were spread across inland Queensland and moving slowly east, with the potential for the edge of the system to reach the southeast by this afternoon or this evening.

Falls were expected to be at first isolated to the hinterland but could increase before dawn becoming widespread along the coast.

Mr Stoney said while rainfall would generally be in the 10-20mm range, with thunderstorms in the mix localised totals could reach as high as 50-60mm.

Maximum temperature forecasts earlier in the week were now expected to be tempered by sea breezes along the Coast and reaching inland areas with eastern exposure.

Mr Stoney said as a consequence, weekend maximums forecast have dropped from the mid to low 30s with coolish overnight minimums in the order of 16-18C due to low dew point, dry westerlies more typical of late Winter than late Spring.

The weekend was promising sunny conditions with temperatures to 32C with a combination of northerlies and west north-westerly winds.

He said winds over water would strengthen Sunday afternoon to 37 km/h or 20 knots.

The rest of Wednesday should be sunny, reaching a 32C maximum and with north-west to north-east winds from 20-30km/h swinging north-west at 15-20km/h.

Thursday's maximum would only hit 27C with showers and storms throughout but clearing in the afternoon and evening. Winds from the north-west at 15-20km/h would drop out later in the day.

Friday's temperature peak should climb back to 32C on a sunny day with the slight chance of rain late in the day and light winds becoming westerly at 15-20km/h before fading.

Saturday and Sunday's peak would hit 32C on the coast with light winds early Saturday becoming northerly at 15-20km/h and dropping out.

The new week should then push to a 33C maximum by Tuesday with winds persisting from the north west to north east.

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