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Queenslanders brace for storms, bushfires

AAP logoAAP 11/11/2016

Southeast Queensland is expected to be lashed by storms this weekend, as other parts of the state are on high alert for bushfires.

The weather bureau is predicting a trough, which has been moving slowly over southern Queensland this week bringing afternoon storms, will have a sting in its tail.

Meteorologist Sean Fitzgerald told AAP there will be unstable conditions on both Saturday and Sunday.

"Sunday in particular will be quite warm with the chance of some gusty storms," Mr Fitzgerald said.

"But thankfully that trough starts moving up the coast by Monday and you'll find the southeast coast will actually dry out quite a bit, bringing cool nights and slightly cooler days back."

There won't be much relief for central Queensland, however, which is on high fire alert.

Rural Fire Service central regional manager Brian Smith told AAP they're expecting storms as well, which could bring rain, but also gusty winds and lightning strikes.

"So it's very important that people are aware of the conditions over the weekend, to be mindful of any fires that do start, and report any fires as soon as they see them to triple zero."

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