Gold Coast braces for 4-day deluge as twin weather systems smash Australia’s east coast

THE Bureau of Meteorology has updated its rainfall forecast for the Gold Coast, with the city now bracing for a four-day deluge.

In its latest forecast, the Bureau of Meteorology said close to 200mm of rain was forecast to fall across the Gold Coast between Friday and Monday.

Storms generated by a low pressure system battering the southern half of the continent are expected to begin lashing the Coast on Friday, before the system mixes with the remnants of Tropical Cyclone Owen.


Owen – now a Category 2 cyclone – is expected to intensify further in the Gulf of Carpentaria, reaching Category 3 status on Thursday, before slamming into Queensland on Friday and travelling south down the east coast.

Forecast track map for Tropical Cyclone Owen at 5pm on Wednesday | Source: Bureau of Meteorology

The Bureau of Meteorology says the low pressure system over southern Australia will have the potential to draw in moisture from what will then be Ex-Tropical Cyclone Owen to create a large cloud band across much of the eastern seaboard.

The simultaneous extreme weather events are forecast to trigger storms and heavy rain areas stretching from Queensland in the north, to Tasmania in the south.

At this stage, the Gold Coast could see up to 50mm of rain fall on Friday, followed by another 30mm on Saturday.

This will be backed up by another potential 50mm on Sunday and again on Monday, taking the city’s four-day forecast rainfall total to 180mm.

Gold Coast forecast at 4:42pm on Wednesday | Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Strong, potentially damaging winds and large seas are also forecast to batter the Coast.

At this stage, the strongest winds will be felt on the Gold Coast on Monday and Tuesday, but this could change, depending on TC Owen’s path.

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