SMILES AND STORMS: The Ride 4 Relay team braves the wild weather during last year's event.
SMILES AND STORMS: The Ride 4 Relay team braves the wild weather during last year's event. Contributed

RIDE 4 RELAY: Could thunderstorms rain on parade?

THE Ride 4 Relay was cut short in 2018 when the South Burnett was hit by severe thunderstorms, and things aren't looking much brighter this time around.

Members of the South Burnett Ride 4 Relay team rode only three quarters of their ride (300km of the 400km planned) last year before the weather took a turn for the worse.

They even had to hide in a farmer's shed to escape the storm.

The cyclists hopped back on their bikes on Tuesday for this year's effort, and have already raised more than $15,000 for Cancer Council Queensland.

The team is using pedal power to travel from Kingaroy to Wondai, back to Kingaroy, onto Camp Duckadang (near Linville, via Mt Stanley), then along the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail to Nanango, and finally back to Kingaroy.

They hope to arrive back just in time for the annual South Burnett Relay for Life which will be launched at the opening ceremony at 3pm on Saturday.

But will they make it this time?

WeatherZone meteorologist Graham Brittian said was a chance of thunderstorms in Kingaroy later this week.

"There's a high chance of seeing some thunderstorms this coming Friday and Saturday,” Mr Brittian said.

"They will begin late Friday morning. Looks like the rain could be quite heavy, we're looking at about 30mm to 40mm.”

Mr Brittian said the storms would continue on Saturday.

"Saturday early morning and afternoon the storms are a continued risk,” he said.

"There will be less rainfall than Friday. We're looking at 10mm to 20mm.”

But the meteorologist said the trough responsible for the storm weather is likely to shift east late on Saturday afternoon, and predicted a dry evening for Relay for Life walkers.

"With all of these clouds and rain about it will be cooler though,” he said.

"On Friday and Saturday we're looking at high temperatures of 22 to 24 degrees.

"That's about four to six degrees below average for this time of year.”

Only time will tell how these predicted thunderstorms could impact the Ride 4 Relay team.

Rain, hail, or shine the South Burnett Relay for Life fundraiser event will go on. So far more than $90,000 has been raised for Cancer Council Queensland.