HEAVENS OPENED: This image was taken 5 kilometres south of Condamine where they've had 60mm and hail.
HEAVENS OPENED: This image was taken 5 kilometres south of Condamine where they've had 60mm and hail. Miranda Ronnfeldt

PHOTOS: Western Downs turns into winter wonderland

THE heavens have opened over the west bringing a short burst of relief to drought-stricken land in the Western Downs and Maranoa regions with more than 50mm in some areas.

MacAlister and Condamine looked like a winter wonderland on Tuesday afternoon with heavy hail turning roads and paddocks white, and Jandowae receiving upwards of 50mms of rain. 

Meteorologist with the Bureau of Meteorology David Crock said thunderstorms have produced heavy rainfall and hail accumulation throughout the Western and Northern Downs regions and out into the eastern Maranoa district towards Roma, St George and Surat.

The highest rainfall was recorded just north of Jandowae, measuring 61mms with reports of hail drifts up to a foot high in other parts of the region.

Mr Crock said the heavy rain and hail was the product of a slow-moving thunderstorm making its way across the state.

"Looking at the radar you can see the storms turning around each other and that's shown the influence of the winds above the surface driving the storm … the upper low is combining with a lot of moisture from the east coast," he said.

Mr Crock said Dalby may get some light rain over the next few hours, but with the storm's driving force headed north,

Dalby is not expected to receive any significant rainfall heading into this evening.

"The upper low that's driving the storms will move north through the rest of the day and take the storms with it, so the storms won't last long into the evening," he said. 

The relief was short-lived for the region with rest of the week looking sunny and quite hot around Dalby next week.