Gloomy start to weekend as Coast braces for more rain
THE Sunshine Coast has woken to a gloomy start to the weekend, with temperatures dropping below 22C in some parts of the region.
The state's southeast copped a band of storms yesterday afternoon as multiple warnings of potential hail and destructive winds were issued.
Some of the hardest hit parts of the state expected about 40-70mm of rainfall, while pockets outside of the storm catchments were expected to receive 10-30mm.
News Regional Media group digital editor Mark Furler flew home from Melbourne last night, and said it was the "scariest flight I've ever been on".
The plane was forced to land at Gold Coast Airport because of the heavy storms.
Footage shows heavy lightning seen from the sky and passengers applauding as the plane arrives safely on the ground.
"Bumpy ride but pilot did an amazing job in keeping away from lightning bolts," Mr Furler said.
"That storm was just so intense. It was pretty hairy."
This morning on the Sunshine Coast, temperatures dropped to 21.5C at Beerburrum at 8am, while Nambour his 22.C, Sunshine Coast Airport reached 22.6 and Tewantin hit 22.7C.
According to the Bureau of Meteorology, some parts of the Sunshine Coast received up to 170mm of rainfall overnight.
The rest of today should see maximum temperatures of 27C with showers throughout the day and a possible thunderstorm in the afternoon. A total of 10-25mm of rainfall is expected.
Southerly winds at 15-25km/h should become light into this evening.
While temperatures are expected to rise again tomorrow, hitting 29C on the Coast, we'll see a minimum of 21C and a high chance of showers from the morning.
There is a possible chance of severe thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening.