Gold Coast on storm watch, gale force wind warning in place

The Gold Coast is in for a bit of wild weather today, with a gale force wind warning in place as well as a local fire ban, and a potential storm on the way.

The Bureau is warning that the coast will experience gusty winds and perhaps even some small hail if a thunderstorm develops later today.

We’re otherwise in for partly cloudy conditions with a medium chance of showers.


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The winds are the biggest concern, with westerly winds this morning up to 25 kilometres an hour, increasing to 45 kilometres an hour by noon.

It’s then expected to turn southwesterly throughout the afternoon.

This is the official forecast from the Bureau:

Forecast for Tuesday 21 September until midnight
Gale Warning for Tuesday for Gold Coast Waters
Winds: Northwesterly 20 to 25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots offshore. Winds
shifting southwesterly 25 to 30 knots in the morning and reaching up to 35
knots offshore in the evening. Seas: 2 to 3 metres. Swell: Southerly around 1
metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres by early evening. Weather: Partly cloudy.
70% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm, with possible hail south
of Point Lookout from late this morning.

Forecast for Wednesday 22 September
Gale Warning for Wednesday for Gold Coast Waters
Winds: Southwesterly 25 to 30 knots, reaching up to 35 knots offshore south of
Point Lookout during the morning. Winds turning southerly 25 to 30 knots during
the morning, and easing to south to southeasterly 15 to 25 knots in the
evening. Seas: 2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1.5 to 2 metres by early evening.
Swell: Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres inshore, increasing to 2 to 4 metres offshore.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers offshore in the morning. Near
zero chance of rain elsewhere. The chance of a thunderstorm offshore south of
Point Lookout in the morning.

A local fire ban remains in place for the Gold Coast and much of the southeast, with the winds and dry conditions extremely concerning to firefighters.

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