GOLD COASTERS are longing for some decent rainfall, having only recorded 68mm so far this year, when on average, more than 300mm should have already fallen. (GRAPHIC: BoM Forecast Rainfall chart for Feb 18-25, 2014)
A hot, cloudy and humid day is expected today with isolated showers, tending scattered during the afternoon, and top temperatures between 30-33 degrees forecast.
Isolated thunderstorms are also possible from the late morning, however these are more likely to remain inland.
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Unfortunate for the Gold Coasters wanting more then just hot and humid showers, the Weather Bureau is tipping between just 1 to 6mm of rain to fall over the city today.
Further very small totals are possible on each day up until at least the weekend as hot and humid conditions become a dominate feature in our weather this week.
In fact, over the next eight days, the Bureau is only forecasting up to 10mm of rainfall, possibly 15mm, to fall on the Gold Coast (see featured rainfall accumulation graphic for the next 8-days) with no significant rainfall on the horizon.
Meanwhile, drought declared areas across western and central Queensland will receive a much needed drink, with totals in excess of 200mm forecast for some locations over the coming eight days.
Tonight, temperatures are forecast to get down to 22 degrees on the Gold Coast before Wednesday’s predicted top of 31 degrees for Surfers Paradise and 34 degrees for inland suburbs.
Maximum temperatures have exceeded 30 degrees everyday since Saturday and will continue to do so until at least Thursday.
Meanwhile, overnight temperatures have struggled to dip below 25 degrees since Saturday night also, making for an uneasy nights sleep for those without fans or air conditioning.