THE Bureau of Meteorology has warned of a slow moving severe thunderstorm that could reach Beaudesert by this evening.
BOM said at 3:25 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near the area east of Warwick, the area northeast of Warwick, the area southeast of Warwick and Applethorpe.
Meteorologist Shane Kennedy said the storms were moving slowly in the direction of Boonah but there was no imminent danger in the region.
"It could reach Beaudesert by this afternoon or evening, then calming down overnight," he said.
"There is a risk of heavy rainfall and damaging wind gusts."
Mr Kennedy said there was unlikely to be large hail associated with the storms.
Damaging winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding are likely.
This comes as the Bureau of Meteorology said the heat wave was likely to persist beyond next weekend.
BOM said December records were expected to be approached or even exceeded today with inland temperatures forecast to reach the mid-40s over the southern interior, while sea breezes will moderate the heat along the coastal fringe. *
They predict a brief respite from the heat tomorrow following a southerly wind change, before temperatures rise once more from Friday, potentially reaching even hotter temperatures over the weekend. *
Some high-based thunderstorms were possible over the southeastern inland districts today, with not much rainfall expected. *
BOM said the chance of shower and thunderstorm activity would increase in the southeast tomorrow as an inland trough pushes in behind the southerly change.