Time to pull out the extra blanket folks — winter has well and truly arrived on the Gold Coast.
The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting temperatures will start to drop Tuesday night and plummet well into the single digits on Wednesday morning.
It’s expected to get down to 6 degrees in Surfers Paradise and just 4 degrees in Nerang and Beaudesert. Areas around the hinterland are also being warned of light frost in the early morning.
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It will then be another beautiful sunny day, with top temperatures around 21 degrees.
“Yesterday we had a trough system move eastwards across the south of the state, bringing a couple of isolated showers a thunderstorms to the far south east,” Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Kimba Wong said.
“In the wake of that trough, which has now pushed off the south east coast, we have some cool and dry conditions spreading through most of the state over the next couple of days.”
On Tuesday, the Gold Coast Seaway got down to 15 degrees at 6.30am but strong west-northwesterly winds made it feel more like 7.7 degrees.
These temperatures fall well below the average low June temperature of 13.2C on the Gold Coast.
“For the next couple of mornings it’s quite a similar story with those minimum temperatures being quite cool through southern and central interior parts of the state with frost possible through those areas,” Ms Wong said.
“Minimum temperatures are expected to be just a couple of degrees below the average for June for much of the south of the state, gradually warming up as we head into this coming weekend.”
It’s not likely we will see any rain on Wednesday but there is a slight chance of showers developing from Thursday.
“Over the next couple of days most of the state is expected to be pretty much dry. However, as we head through the later parts of this week, onshore flow along the east coast will increase as a ridge of high pressure builds. With that onshore flow increasing just the return of some coastal showers from Thursday,” Wong said.