Possible isolated storms predicted for areas of Tasmania

The thunderstorms predicted to hit Launceston and South East Tasmania on Wednesday evening were downgraded to 'isolated storms' by the Bureau of Meteorology. Picture: Phillip Biggs
The thunderstorms predicted to hit Launceston and South East Tasmania on Wednesday evening were downgraded to 'isolated storms' by the Bureau of Meteorology. Picture: Phillip Biggs

Isolated storms could hit areas of South East Tasmania and near Launceston on Wednesday evening as a trough crosses the state.

The Bureau of Meteorology no longer expect heavy rainfall to arrive which was predicted, along with thunderstorms, earlier in the day.

The storms coincide with very high levels of pollen across Tasmania, which the Department of Public health advised could increase the risk of severe asthma 

The Director of Public Health Dr Mark Veitch said, “thunderstorm asthma can also affect people who have never had asthma before”.

The Tasmanian Public Health Service confirmed no thunderstorm asthma events have been recorded in the state, but they could occur.

Launceston is likely to wake to a drizzly start on Thursday, with a maximum temperature of 22 degrees.

But the wet start to the day wouldn’t stop the ultra-violet ray index from reaching a predicted ‘very high’ count of nine between 9.10am and 4.40pm.

Strong wind warnings are in place for the Central North Coast, Banks Strait, Franklin Sound, South West Coast, Central West Coast and Far North West Coast on Thursday.

The warmer weather predicted for the state later in the week means the Tasmanian Fire Service has added Launceston, Flinders Island and George Town to its permit period list.

Landowners will need to apply for a permit before conducting burns on their properties from midnight on November 15.