SEVERE WEATHER: Gale force winds, dangerous surf and heavy falls lashing the GC

The drenching looks set to continue across the Gold Coast with the Bureau of Meteorology keeping a severe weather warning in place on Monday.

The Bureau says we can expect to see plenty of rain across the Coast with between 20-50mm possible. There is also the chance of a thunderstorm developing in the afternoon.

Parts of the Coast have already received well over the monthly average of rain on Sunday with Upper Springbrook 162 mm in the last 24 hours. The October average for the Coast is 90mm.


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BOM has also issued a severe weather warning for dangerous surf conditions and gale force winds which will see Gold Coast beaches closed once again.

The Gold Coast Seaway has already recorded gusts of 74km/h earlier this morning while swells could reach anywhere between 4-6 metres.

“At 05:00am AEST, a slow-moving low pressure complex was located southeast of Fraser Island. The low pressure complex is expected to remain slow moving this morning and develop slightly before shifting back to the north later today. A high pressure system in the Tasman Sea is otherwise expected to continue strengthening as it shifts slowly eastwards towards New Zealand,” the Bureau’s warning read.

“The combination of these systems will cause a long fetch of strong to gale force southeasterly winds near the southeast Queensland coast and large waves about exposed beaches south of Cape Moreton.

“Locations which may be affected include Gold Coast, Coolangatta and the eastern side of both Moreton Island and North Stradbroke Island.

“Surf Life Saving Australia recommends that you stay out of the water and stay well away from surf-exposed areas.

“Check your property regularly for erosion or inundation by sea water, and if necessary raise goods and electrical items. For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.”

Surf Life Saving Queensland advise that:

– People should consider staying out of the water and avoid walking near surf-exposed areas.

– Rock fishers should avoid coastal rock platforms exposed to the ocean and seek  a safe location that is sheltered from the surf.

– Boaters planning to cross shallow water and ocean bars should consider changing or delaying their voyage.

– Boaters already on the water should carry the appropriate safety equipment and wear a lifejacket.

– Boaters should remember to log on with their local radio base and consider their safety management plan.

Showers are expected to stick around tomorrow before the system slowly moves away from the Coast.

Thhe Bureau is forecasting up to 8mm of rain on Tuesday with wsoutheasterly 20 to 30 km/h turning southerly 15 to 25 km/h in the evening.

On Wednesday it will be partly cloudy with a medium (60%) chance of showers.

Thursday will again be partly cloudy with a medium (50%) chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon and evening. Temperatures are expected to reach 26 degrees.

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