Flash flooding likely as heavy rainfall increases on Thursday

HEAVY rainfall is forecast to intensify over the Gold Coast on Thursday before easing back to scattered showers over the weekend.

The Bureau of Meteorology’s Operational Consensus Forecasts system is indicating around 86mm could fall over the coast on Thursday, followed by an additional 20m on Friday.

As a result, there will be an increased risk of localised flash flooding over the next 48 hours.


On Monday night, Biggera Waters recorded 48mm, while 39mm fell at Molendinar, 35mm at Coombabah and 22mm at Nerang.

On Tuesday, Canungra and South Stradbroke Island received 58mm, 32mm fell on Oxenford, and Nerang recorded 21mm.

From 9am Wednesday through to 5pm, an average of 5mm had fallen over the coast.

The rain has been welcomed by many across the southeast, following one of the driest starts to the year on record.

The RACQ has warned motorists to take their time on the roads in order to arrive at their destination safely.

“Motorists should slow down and remember the signed speed limit is the maximum,” RACQ spokesperson Renee Smith said.

“The usual two second following distance should be at least doubled in the wet to allow for extra reaction and stopping time.

“We’re also advising motorists to travel with their lights on, but remember to switch them off once they arrive at their destination to avoid a flat battery.”

The RACQ has the following advice for motorists driving in heavy rain:

  • Only travel if your journey is necessary
  • Turn on low beam headlights to see and be seen
  • Increase the distance between vehicles to at least four seconds
  • Drive carefully to the conditions
  • Check your tyres have good tread depth
  • Ensure windscreen wipers are in good working order.

“Finally, flash flooding is not uncommon in south east Queensland so if the road is flooded, forget it,” Ms Smith said.

“It’s far better to find an alternative route home or wait until the water has subsided than end up being swept away.”