Gold Coast wakes to ‘unhealthy’ smoke haze

The Gold Coast has woken to a thick layer of smoke this morning, after the air quality deteriorated overnight.

According to the air quality index, we peaked at a rating of almost 150 – an unhealthy rating – around dawn.

It’s prompted warnings for those with breathing difficulties to remain indoors, and keep breathing medication nearby.


Since dawn, the rating has dropped off slightly – with winds easing the density of the smoke.

At the time of writing (6.30am), our rating was sitting at a moderate level of around 90.

It comes as fire fighters prepare for a day of worsening conditions across the state, as temperatures continue heating up.

More than 70 blazes are still burning around Queensland.

On the Gold Coast, we’re in for top temps around 30 degrees, with northwesterly winds shifting around to a stronger northeasterly throughout the afternoon.

While the fire danger on the coast remains at a ‘very high’ level.

There are currently no weather warnings for the state.