The Gold Coast appears to be dodging the worst of Queensland’s wild weather at the moment, but we’re being warned we could also cop a drenching as a severe weather system slowly moves offshore.
Areas around the state’s north have been hit the hardest overnight, with multiple areas lashed by flash flooding.
On the Gold Coast, we could see around 40mm of rain today, with another 75mm on the cards for tomorrow and Friday.
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Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate is urging residents to be prepared should conditions deteriorate.
“The City is monitoring the weather situation closely,” Mayor Tate said.
“While the rainfall is not expected to cause major flooding, we know the catchments have received a lot of rain in recent months and it could lead to flash flooding.
“The Bureau is forecasting 50mm across the Gold Coast but it is likely there will be localised falls of upwards of 80mm each day in pockets of the city.”
A strong wind warning remains in place, with gusts around 60-70km/hr already recorded this morning.
As a result, Council has confirmed all Gold Coast beaches will be closed today due to “dangerous swell and rough conditions”.
Wave heights of around four to five metres have been recorded off the coast overnight, with the swell expected to increase again later in the week.
Helen Reid from the Bureau of Meteorology told myGC the heavy rainfall at this time of year is “quite unusual”.
“We have seen a lot of the weather retreat, but this is very unusual to have so much rainfall through Queensland, it is not often that it’s this much we would see”.
Gold Coasters have also been forced to reach for their winter woolies a little earlier than usual, with a concoction of things to blame.
“The cloud around, it does mean that the daytime temperatures aren’t that warm and the rainfall does have that coolness to it,” Ms Reid said.
“The wind does have that sense of making it feel colder as well, so it all combines to make it feel not quite as warm as what we would like!”