Gold Coasters in for a thundery evening

WE’VE been told to expect a thundery evening as a line of storms out west march towards the coast.

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast a high 70 per cent chance of showers this evening, with thunderstorms possible.

At 3pm, a weak lightning-active storm band was impacting the area around Warwick, approximately 130km to the west of the Gold Coast.


It’s tracking east at up to 70km/h and is expected to reach the coast sometime after 5pm. 

Meteorologists predicted showers and thunderstorms in a broad band from the northwest, through central Queensland and the east coast, and down into the southeast.

“Some severe thunderstorms are possible in the southeast during the afternoon,” the Bureau mentioned in their state forecast. “Showers and thunderstorms are likely to spread to rain in the southeast in the evening.”

Activity could last well into the night, before contracting offshore during tomorrow morning, but there is very little rainfall expected – no more than 10mm to be exact. 

As for tomorrow, the Bureau forecasts an 80 per cent chance of more wet stuff throughout the morning, with the chance of a clearing thunderstorm.

NOTE: All thunderstorms generally produce lightning, and many produce gusty winds, brief heavy showers and hail. Severe Thunderstorm Warnings will only be issued if storms are expected to produce any of the following;

  • Damaging wind gusts (90 km/h or more)
  • Large hail (2cm diameter or more)
  • Very heavy rainfall (conducive to flash flooding)
  • Tornadoes.

PICTURE: Tanya Erwin