A SEVERE weather warning has been issued for parts of Wide Bay, Burnett and the Fraser Coast districts after a tropical low developed off the east coast.
The system, located approximately 1240km northeast of the Sunshine Coast, is expected to strengthen as it moves closer to land, causing powerful winds and dangerous surf conditions.
The coastal regions will face the brunt of the storm, with the Burnett largely escaping unharmed, although winds and some showers can be expected on Wednesday.
A Bureau of Meteorology spokeswoman confirmed increased south-easterly winds were anticipated as the system moves towards the coast.
"At this point we are expecting it to remain a couple of hundred kilometres offshore which means inland Burnett won't receive the heavy rainfall," she said.
"We're definitely monitoring it, tomorrow it will move into a less favourable environment so the chances of it developing on Wednesday or Thursday will decrease."
For the time being the storm remains a tropical low and experts says it's unlikely to build into a cycle, however, they will continue to watch its progress closely.
"Either way residents can expect a swell increase, as well as with dangerous and damaging winds and surf along the coast," the spokeswoman said.