WATCH: Unusual weather pattern headed for Kingaroy
SOUTH Burnett residents are being warned to prepare for a dust storm heading towards Kingaroy.
Meteorologist with the Bureau of Meteorology, David Crock advised a dust storm was headed southwest towards Kingaroy from the Toowoomba and Dalby region at 11.30am on Monday, August 19.
He said it had been moving east since Sunday afternoon, originally starting in South Australia thanks to a cold front last night.
"We saw quite a bit of dust kicked up yesterday afternoon, particularly down south around that Lake Eyre region where there's a lot of those dry salt lakes and sandy deserts," Mr Crock said.
"Most of it was kicked up from there and pushed up overnight through the Darling Downs today.
"There's quite strong winds with that cold front and that's been enough to drag some of that dust through the downs this morning although it is starting to peter out now as the day heats up a little."
Mr Crock was confident it had began to diminish, and would not be too much of an issue once it hit the South Burnett.
"There has been a little bit of haze in Toowoomba and Dalby, but it is not a genuine dust storm," Mr Crock said.
The Queensland meteorologist said it would reduce the air quality for maybe an hour or two.
Residents with respiratory issues are encouraged to stay indoors and close windows and doors.