Gold Coast in the firing line for severe thunderstorms today

It appears the wild weather doesn’t want to let up just yet, with severe thunderstorms expected to lash the Gold Coast once again today.

We are being warned the weather will likely turn from mid-afternoon, with the Bureau of Meteorology forecasting possibly severe storms packing large hail, damaging winds and heavy rain.

“Very significant weather on the way today, good chance of a thunderstorm moving in from the west during this morning, but the real story is the afternooon thunderstorm activity,” Meteorologist Rohan Smith told myGC.


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“We’ve got a southeasterly surge moving up the NSW coast, so it’s going to trigger off storms ahead of the change.

“That will get to the Gold Coast during the late afternoon and we’re looking at potentially severe storms rolling through parts of the city.”

Around 35mm of rain has been forecast to fall, but the weather bureau said some parts could cop as much as 100mm.

“It will be fairly hit and miss, but you could get 100mm if you get a cell over the top of your head, so very intense, but some people will be left with nothing and some people will cop it,” Smith said.

There are fears the heavy rainfall could lead to even more flash flooding across the city.

“It is unfortunate considering everything that has happened through southeast Queensland recently, Smith said.

“However, it is only an afternoon thing, it won’t be like what we saw recently where we saw prolonged heavy rainfall, it will be thunderstorm activity that will be clearing out pretty quickly.”

Smtih admitted there is a silver lining to today’s forecast wet weather.

“Another piece of good news is the thunderstorms will bring with it a change to cooler temperatures,” he said.

“I know it has been very stifling through southeast qld recently so the temps will ease off after that southeasterly change comes through”.