Gold Coast set for a drenching with 80mm of rain possible

IT’S set to be a wet and windy Sunday on the Gold Coast, with up to 90mm of rain expected to fall in some areas.

Showers are forecast to increase as the day goes on, with locally heavy falls possibly developing.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) says anywhere between 50-90mm of rain could fall along the coast, while suburbs further inland will see slightly less, with 20-50mm likely to fall around Coomera and Nerang.


Winds too are expected to get stronger during the morning, increasing to 25-40km/h by mid-afternoon, and dangerous surf conditions are forecast to develop about exposed beaches.

The slow-moving low pressure system responsible for whipping up the wet and wild weather was situated off Fraser Island on Saturday night and remain there at 4am on Sunday, according to the latest update from the BoM.

But the weather bureau says the low “may track back towards the coast” on Sunday.

This, combined with a high pressure system  in the Tasman Sea, is expected to cause a long fetch of strong to possibly gale force southeasterly winds and large and powerful waves along the coast until Tuesday.

“Locations which may be affected include Gold Coast, Coolangatta and the eastern side of both Moreton Island and North Stradbroke Island.”

Surf Life Saving Australia is urging people to stay out of the water and stay well away from surf-exposed areas.