“Gusty” electrical storms tipped to light up Friday night on the Gold Coast

UPDATE 7:30 PM | A SOUTHERLY wind change is expected to trigger another round of thunderstorms in southeast Queensland tonight.

The change has already caused a cluster of storms to pop up around Evans Head, Lismore and Byron Bay as it surges north towards the Queensland border.

The storms, which are visible on radar, are likely to move with the change as it approaches the Gold Coast.


The Bureau of Meteorology warns some storms may become “gusty” or”severe” in some areas.

It comes after a small storm delivered a brief burst of heavy rain between Nerang and Oxenford earlier today.

At this stage, no severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for southeast Queensland.

A warning will only be issued if storms are expected to produce winds stronger than 90km/h, hailstones larger than 2cm, heavy rain leading to flash flooding, and/or tornadoes.

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UPDATE 4:15 PM | A SMALL thunderstorm has passed over parts of the Gold Coast this afternoon, giving residents a taste of what’s forecast to come tonight.

The cell produced a brief burst of heavy rain as it moved over suburbs between Nerang and Oxenford just after 3pm.

At the same time, a much larger cell slammed into Logan and Brisbane, knocking power to more than 11,000 homes and businesses in the area.

Another cluster of storms has been detected on weather radar, forming 100km west of the Coast.

These are currently pushing towards the Coast and are likely to form a squall line before impacting the city tonight.

It comes after the mercury maxed out at 28 degrees on the beach and peaked in the low 30s at Nerang.

At this stage, no severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for southeast Queensland.

UPDATE 2:00 PM | THUNDERSTORMS have been detected on radar, less than 100km west of the Gold Coast.

The storms are currently moving through the Scenic Rim, pushing east towards Beaudesert and the hinterland.

They are currently located around 60km west of the Coast, and are pushing towards the east at around 45km/h.

The storms are likely to keep pushing towards the Coast and possibly reach the tourist strip this afternoon.

Although not severe at this stage, the weather bureau warns some storms may turn nasty in the next several hours.

FIRST AT 1:00 PM | LIGHTNING is tipped to light up the sky above the Gold Coast tonight with storms forecast to push towards the tourist strip later this afternoon.

The Bureau of Meteorology says a surface trough over the interior of the state will deepen today as it shifts east, combining with an upper trough to result in a band of showers and thunderstorms.

Like a typical Spring day, the storms are tipped to form out west before marching east throughout the afternoon.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns storms are expected to be “more likely and quite gusty” through the Maranoa and southeastern inland before potentially reaching the Gold Coast later in the day.

Although the storms are not forecast to be quite as severe when they do eventually reach the Coast, they are still expected to be riddled with lightning.

Cameron Hines from South Brisbane Storms says the further north you are in southeast Queensland, the less chance you will have of seeing a storm.

(Source: Bureau of Meteorology)

“There should be multiple rounds of storms today with the surface trough still a fair way west and also a southeast change due to move through overnight,” Mr Hines said.

“Good shear is in place today meaning that storms have a good chance of making the coast.

“The southeast change will increase the chance of storms later on around northeast NSW and possibly the Gold Coast but really anywhere today is in with a decent chance of something, especially when one or two potential squall lines develop later on today out west once the trough gets closer to Southeast QLD.

“In short, the further north you are in SEQ, the lower the storm risk.”

Mr Hines said the main threat associated with today’s storm activity will be the potential for damaging straight-line winds.

The weather bureau also warns the afternoon and evening storms will be “gusty”, while some could become “severe”.

Storms have already been detected forming out west on weather radar at 1pm (Source: Weatherzone)

If current forecasts hold, the wild weather could bring an end to a sweltering Spring day along the Coast.

The mercury was tipped to max out at 28 degrees on the beach in Surfers Paradise today, while residents in Nerang and Coomera sweltered through 33-degree heat.

It’ll be much cooler tomorrow though, thanks to a southerly change forecast to move north along the coast tonight.

Daytime temperatures are set to struggle to climb above 23 in Surfers on Saturday, and 25 in Nerang.

No weather warnings were current for Queensland at the time of writing.

A severe thunderstorm warning, however, is current for areas south of the border.

The bureau warns storms are likely to bring large hailstones and damaging winds to the Northern Rivers, Northern Tablelands and parts of the Mid North Coast and North West Slopes and Plains.

Severe thunderstorm warnings are likely to be issued for parts of southeast Queensland as the day progresses.

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