DISCUSSION: As a low pressure continues to strengthen near the coast of northeastern Australia, there will be an increased convective threat over the next 24 to 48 hours across portions of northeastern and eastern Queensland, Australia. Attached below in quotations is the more detailed discussion released earlier today by the Higgins Storm Chasing team. It is important to note that the colored circles noted in the text above refer to the forecast graphic attached above (courtesy of the Higgins Storm Chasing team).
"A low pressure system is currently developing in the Southern Gulf and likely to produce heavy rain areas over the Gulf Coast today (circles blue). Widespread moderate to high instability is likely over Northern Queensland producing showers and thunderstorms, some of which could become severe (circled in red), while weak instability is expected to develop over Southern and Central Inland districts and this may help produce some isolated thunderstorms (circled in yellow)." It is important to acknowledge that the areas highlighted in red and yellow are the main areas in which there is the largest threat for strong thunderstorms capable of producing strong winds, frequent lighting, hail, and heavy rainfall.
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