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Severe storms carrying dangerous winds, heavy rainfall and large hailstones are forecast to hit Queensland’s southeast this afternoon.

Severe storms carrying dangerous winds, heavy rainfall and large hailstones are hitting Queensland's southeast again this afternoon.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns very dangerous thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Beaudesert, Montville, Palmwoods, Nambour, Mapleton and Kenilworth.

They are moving north.

A more general severe thunderstorm warning is also current for parts of the Wide Bay and Burnett, Darling Downs and Granite Belt and Southeast Coast districts.

The southeast corner, which has already had days of rain and storms, is sweltering in heatwave conditions.

Sticky nights are expected until the end of the week, with the humidity, day and night time temperatures to remain high.

First flood warning

Forecasters have issued Queensland's first flood warning since May last year for a remote shire that's been fully drought-declared for six years.

The past week of showers and storms has pushed the Paroo River at Caiwarro, in outback Bulloo shire, to minor flood levels.

A ridge of high pressure over the Coral Sea is sucking very moist air over Queensland, generating significant showers and storm activity in parts of the state.

More rain is expected over the catchment in coming days, the river at Hungerford is likely to exceed that tomorrow or Thursday.

That would be a small miracle for southwestern communities that have been drought declared since January 2014.

Bulloo shire is in Channel Country, nestled at the point where Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia meet and has a population of about 350 people.

- with AAP

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