Hot weekend expected to bring thousands to Gold Coast beaches

Gold Coasters will look for ways to cool off today, with the mercury pushing into the mid-30s and high humidity adding to the conditions.

Coomera and Nerang are forecast to reach 34 degrees, with beach suburbs to be slightly cooler. Tomorrow, Surfers Paradise is expected to hit 34 degrees, with even warmer temperatures expected in the west.

It comes after three days of heat that’s seen Gold Coasters boost the air-conditioning and swelter through nights that have barely dipped below 24 degrees.


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The mid-summer spike is expected to have locals and tourists flocking to pools, water holes and air-conditioned shopping centres, cinemas and indoor play centres to escape the heat.

While others will bask in the heat at the city’s famous beaches.

Nathan Fife from Surf Lifesaving Queensland is urging everyone to stay safe, swim between the red and yellow flags and listen to the usual warnings.

“Please swim at only patrolled locations,” Mr Fife warned.

“We’re looking at great beach conditions, about half a metre of swell, with winds picking up this afternoon,” he explained.

The UV Index is predicted to reach 15 which is extreme and carries a warning for people to avoid the sun between 7.30am and 4pm.

Swimmers are also warned to be on the lookout for stonefish, after another stinging at Tallebudgera Creek on Friday – the third in eight days.

Since graduating from University in 2003, Rachel has worked in radio in a variety of roles including announcer, journalist and copywriter. The crazy world of radio has taken her from her hometown of Toowoomba to Wollongong, Sydney, Brisbane and finally the Gold Coast when in 2009 she started writing and presenting news with Hot Tomato and myGC.com.au. “In 2014 I took a step back from full-time duties to become a stay at home mum and now cover the weekend news and whatever else may be needed from time to time. I keep my ‘presenting voice’ active during the week when reading children’s books and attempting to do various accents (to little success).”

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