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Australia's east coast is set to be battered by what experts are calling a 'multi-state thunderstorm outbreak'.
The weather bureau is predicting heavy rain, hail, damaging winds and potential flash flooding across Queensland, New South Wales and north-east Victoria in the coming days.
The weather system began forming on Wednesday, with the worst of the storms forecast to hit the east coast on Friday and Saturday.
Storms have already begun forming over parts of Queensland and will begin moving south into New South Wales on Thursday.
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Bureau of Meteorology Meterologist Jonathan How said downpours are likely to continue well into the weekend for much of the east coast.
'It is shaping up to be a stormy and wet weekend for eastern parts of Queensland and New South Wales including Brisbane and Sydney,' Mr How said.
He said the rain could be so severe it could cause concern for agricultural communities as they enter the harvesting season.
'Heavy rain and large hail could damage crops and while some catchments are already saturated, flooding could become a risk into the weekend,' he said.
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'But with all thunderstorms they are hit and miss in nature.'
A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for parts of Queensland on Wednesday.
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Damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rainfall was forecast for parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields and Capricornia Forecast Districts.
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The warning also covered the Darling Downs and Granite Belt Forecast Districts.
The same alert was issued for parts of northern inland New South Wales including Walgett, Moree and Narribri.
The weather system will then continue moving south into New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory and north-east Victoria on Thursday.
A trough and low pressure system will also begin impacting parts of the Northern Territory and South Australia.
About 30-50mm of rainfall is expected to fall across parts of eastern Australia on Sunday.
When the most severe storms hit rainfall totals could exceed 100-150mm for some parts.
Western Australia will miss out on entirely on the weather event, with sunny days and temperatures forecast in the late 20s to early 30s heading towards the weekend.
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The AFL Grand Final between the Richmond Tigers and Geelong Cats at the Gabba in Brisbane on Saturday could be rescheduled due to the severe weather. Severe thunderstorms will spread more than 1,000km across NSW, blanketing land from Broken Hill to Newcastle.Similar heavy rainfall is likely to affect huge swathes of Queensland as far north as Cooktown, down to Brisbane, Melbourne and Tasmania.
THURSDAY: Min 16. Max 25. Partly cloudy
FRIDAY: Min 16. Max 26. Partly cloudy
SATURDAY: Min 19. Max 29. Shower or two. Possible storm.
SUNDAY: Min 14. Max 19. Showers.
THURSDAY: Min 18. Max 26. Partly cloudy with a shower or two
FRIDAY: Min 18. Max 28. Partly cloudy
SATURDAY: Min 19. Max 29. Partly cloudy
SUNDAY: Min 19. Max 30. Shower or two. Storm likely.
THURSDAY: Min 13. Max 28. Partly cloudy. Shower or two
FRIDAY: Min 16. Max 25. Showers
SATURDAY: Min 12. Max 18. Shower or two.
SUNDAY: Min 9. Max 17. Cloudy.
THURSDAY: Min 9. Max 23. Partly cloudy
FRIDAY: Min 12. Max 25. Shower or two.
SATURDAY: Min 15. Max 22. Showers. Possible storm.
SUNDAY: Min 8. Max 14. Showers.
THURSDAY: Min 9. Max 18. Partly cloudy
FRIDAY: Min 12. Max 23. Rain developing. Possible storm.
SATURDAY: Min 12. Max 16. Rain then showers. Windy.
SUNDAY: Min 9. Max 14. Showers
THURSDAY: Min 12. Max 25. Partly cloudy
FRIDAY: Min 13. Max 26. Mostly sunny
SATURDAY: Min 12. Max 29. Mostly sunny.
SUNDAY: Min 17. Max 34. Sunny
THURSDAY: Min 9. Max 16. Shower or two
FRIDAY: Min 10. Max 18. Late rain.
SATURDAY: Min 11. Max 16. Shower or two.
SUNDAY: Min 5. Max 13. Possible shower.
THURSDAY: Min 25. Max 33. Mostly sunny.
FRIDAY: Min 25. Max 33. Mostly sunny.
SATURDAY: Min 26. Max 34. Partly cloudy.
SUNDAY: Min 26. Max 33. Partly cloudy.
Source: Bureau of Meteorology
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Severe thunderstorms with giant hail, damaging winds and flash flooding are expected to hit Central and South-East Queensland today, the Bureau of Meteorology says.Clouds formed in the eastern Darling Downs this morning and are expected to travel east and develop into severe thunderstorms in the early to mid-afternoon and into the evening.