Heatwave conditions ease across Gold Coast as rain ramps up

After sweltering through two days of hot and muggy conditions, Gold Coasters will be able to sleep easier tonight with the heatwave finally passing.

The mercury soared to 33 degrees on the Gold Coast on Tuesday, before hitting 31C on Wednesday.

But the ‘feels like’ temperature got to almost 35 degrees due to the humidity, with aircons and fans getting a good workout across the city.


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Today’s forecast is cloudy with a very high chance of showers tending to rain and a top of 26.

Between 30 to 60 millimetres of rain has been forecast to fall today, with Brooke Pagel from the Bureau of Meteorology warning thunderstorms are also possible.

“There is the chance of those thunderstorms, and because we are looking at heavy falls embedded within those storms we are looking at totals between 35mm even up to 60mm,” she said.

“So flash flooding is a high risk, especially around the hinterland”.

The cool change is expected to have really kicked in by the weekend, with some strong winds on the cards.

“On Saturday we are going to get those cool south to southeasterly winds, a little bit strong, about 20 to 30 km,” Ms Pagel said.

Shark nets have been removed from Gold Coast beaches in anticipation of the wild weather.