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More heat for Qld after damaging storm

AAP logoAAP 3/12/2016 Stuart Layt and Ed Jackson

As Queensland's central and southern regions continue to swelter in a week-long heatwave, the state's southeast is cleaning up after a massive storm hit on Saturday afternoon.

A 17-year-old boy was reportedly struck by lightning in the Darling Downs during the supercell storm, which brought strong winds and heavy rainfall.

The boy sustained serious burns but was taken to hospital in a stable condition, the Courier-Mail reports.

At the peak of Saturday's storm, approximately 37,000 properties were without power but Energex said that number was down 1873 by 9.15am on Sunday, with most of those affected being in the Moreton Bay and Scenic Rim regional councils.

The Bureau of Meterology (BOM) says there is the potential for further storms on Sunday but the inland areas of the state remain a focus due to ongoing high temperatures.

While Brisbane and other coastal areas are expected to have maximums around 30C on Sunday, Birdsville topped 44C on Saturday afternoon while Roma reached above 43C.

BOM forecaster Dean Narramore said those conditions are expected to repeat on Sunday.

"Sea breezes will probably save us on the coast, we'll get around 30C or 31C on the coast, but once we move inland, again we're looking at those high 30s to low-to-mid 40s across much of the inland region," he told AAP.

"It'll be same again on Monday ... they'll probably have to wait another four or five days of 40 degree heat, but we should see some relief across most of the state hopefully by the end of next week."

Health authorities say the length of the heatwave is just as much a risk as its severity.

Queensland Health has the same special preparations in place that are normally reserved for cyclones, with extra crews on stand-by in many areas and locals urged to stay cool and out of the sun.

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