Gold Coast bracing for more wild weather

Most of the Gold Coast has dodged a bullet with the expected overnight downpour skipping most of the city overnight but more rain is on the way.

The huge band of rain that lingered off the coast on Thursday has mainly impacted the Sunshine Coast with some areas there receiving more than 300 millimetres.

However, parts of the Gold Coast Hinterland still copped a drenching with Upper Springbrook recording 145 millimetres since 9am yesterday while 121 millimetres fell in Numinbah Valley.


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Rainfall totals were much lower closer to the coast with just 3.6 millimetres falling at the Seaway since 9am yesterday.

The severe weather warning is currently only in place for areas of the Hinterland.

But Helen Reid from the Bureau of Meteorology has warned the rest of the city shouldn’t be complacent.

“We can expect some more heavy rainfall during the course of today, even a little bit more than just regular rainfall because we do still have the expectation of thunderstorms,” Ms Reid says.

“So we can still expect rainfall to be in the triple figures, heavier in pockets and it’s still another wet day in the course of tomorrow so don’t think you can put away the umbrellas just yet.”

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Between 70 and 150 millimetres could fall today with up to 100 millimetres forecast for Saturday.

A flood watch remains in place for Gold Coast rivers and creeks.

Ms Reid says the winds may also be more of an issue today.

“We do need to be mindful of that, particularly over coastal waters. There is a strong wind warning current for Gold Coast waters and that will continue tomorrow as well.”

All Gold Coast beaches have been closed today because of the weather.

Lifeguards have warned of unstable conditions close to shore with strong currents and rips making it too dangerous for swimmers.

Related: Latest list of Gold Coast road closures

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