GC WEATHER: Heavy rain set to drench the Gold Coast

You may want to keep the umbrella handy this weekend, with the Gold Coast set to cop a drenching.

After a mostly sunny day today, conditions are predicted to turn on Saturday, with heavy rain and possible thunderstorms on the cards.

Rosa Hoff from the Bureau of Meteorology says falls of up to 80mm are expected across the coast over the weekend.


Up to 40 millimetres of rain is expected on both Saturday and Sunday, so if you have plans to head outdoors you may want to reschedule.

According to the weather bureau, daytime temperatures are also expected to feel a lot cooler than usual.

“Daytime temperatures significantly below average across much of the state for the next seven days, especially for inland areas, but coastal nights will remain very mild,” Ms Hoff said.

“In particular, a renewed burst of cool air from the south will drop inland temperatures early to mid next week.”

A significant east-southeasterly swell has already begun building about southern coast beaches, with Ms Hoff warning the swell is expected to peak around 3m on the weekend.

“A Hazardous Surf Warning is possible across the weekend, most likely on Sunday,” she said.

The swell will then begin to ease from Monday.

While it may not look like it right now, we are being warned severe thunderstorms could lash the city later this afternoon.

“Severe storms with damaging winds and heavy rainfall are possible today in northern and southern Qld,” BOM said.

“Large hail is also possible in the southern interior.”

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Looking forward to it….we havent had any rain for how long….12 hours?

And most of this water just flows out to sea and we have to pay a premium for basic water.
Electricity is almost cheaper than your average water bill.