THE Gold Coast was more like the Cold Coast over the weekend as a strong cold front surged across the southeast, dropping temperatures well below the may average.
Although the coast was dominated by sunny blue skies, it offered very little warmth.
The mornings were crisp, getting down to just 9 degrees at the seaway on Sunday morning and as low as just 6 in some inland suburbs.
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The mercury struggled to reach above 20 degrees on Saturday and Sunday.
Gold Coasters can expect temperatures to rise only slightly, with a sunny top of 23 tipped for today before an overnight low of 12.
Daytime maximums of 24 degrees are forecast for the next week.
The sunny, clear conditions are expected to stick around before westerly winds shift back to the southeast and showers return midweek.
Other than increasing the chill factor, the strong westerlies also resulted in unusually calm beaches.
Jeff Higgins from Higgins Storm Chasing was on the Gold Coast on Sunday and was blown away at just how calm the ocean was.
“I have never seen the ocean this flat,” he said. “It’s really weird to see.”
He filmed a short video and posted it to more than 225,000 people on Facebook.