HEAVY rain and thunderstorms are expected to batter parts of regional Queensland, where some areas have already copped more than 200 millimetres of rain overnight.
A severe weather warning for a downpour is in place for the Central Highlands region, while wet weather will make its way from the south east coastline towards the Darling Downs.
It comes after areas north of Brisbane, such as Caboolture, recorded up to about 40 millimetres of rain overnight.
Southern Downs Mayor Tracy Dobie has welcomed the rain at drought-stricken towns near Stanthorpe.
While the town is still trucking in water due to low levels in the Storm King Dam, the region has seen over 100 millimetres in the last month.
Mayor DOBIE says every drop has helped.
"Our rural residents have water in their house tanks, the dams in the paddocks have water in them,'' she says.
"Good inflow into two of our dams near Warwick, but the bad news is we didn't have any inflow into the dam that supplies to Stanthorpe.''