It’s the news that the grand final crowd will greet with relief — storm activity forecast for South East Queensland on Saturday is expected to stay inland, sparing the Gabba and its historic Queensland game.
The Bureau of Meteorology said fairly cloudy and humid conditions are likely for game day, with the chance of a shower in the late afternoon and evening.
The Melbourne-based Tigers and Cats might find Brisbane’s muggy October tough but they won’t have to sweat over the chance of a rain-out.
Yesterday the Bureau of Meteorology had predicted the chance of a thunderstorm, but today meteorologist Rosa Hoff said the capital is now likely to be clear of storms.
“We will have fairly cloudy and humid conditions for the AFL grand final, with the chance of a shower in the late afternoon and evening over Brisbane,” she said.
“If we see any thunderstorm activity, it’s much more likely to remain further inland and not make it to the Gabba itself.
“Other than those humid conditions, winds will be fairly light and conditions fairly cloudy.”
Meteorologist Laura Boekel said the maximum temperature for Saturday is forecast to be 29 degrees Celsius, with the mercury hovering around 25 degrees around kick-off.
“So still a warm — what I would call a balmy — evening,” Ms Boekel said.
“Our dew points are around 18, so when we get to a dew point of 20, that’s kind of when we start to feel a bit uncomfortable, a little bit sweaty.
“It’s going to be a relatively humid evening and quite warm as well.”
Ms Boekel said the storm activity expected inland could cover an extensive area of the central and south of the state.
The trough, causing the storm activity, is moving slowly and towards the east.
“We are expecting some of those storms to get severe,” she said.
“The areas would be that central west and the Channel country, as well as the Maranoa and Warrego regions.
“It will be sustained and last for a few days. We’re not expecting this event to push through just over one day — we’re looking at a four or five day event.”
The Wide Bay region could experience rainfall from Sunday into the early parts of next week.