4AM UPDATE: GOLD Coasters have sweltered through an uncomfortably hot night as a scorching heatwave sweeps across the state.
At 2.44am this morning, it was a steamy 29C at the Gold Coast Seaway, with similar readings right across the coast.
At 3.30am, it hit 29.5C at Coolangatta – hotter than the maximum 28°C recorded yesterday.
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The mercury’s set to soar even higher when the sun breaks over the horizon before a southerly wind change is due to move through later this morning.
The Bureau says we can expect a mostly sunny morning, with tops between 31-37C across the coast and a medium chance of showers and a thunderstorm this afternoon and evening.
Northwesterly winds are expected to shift east to southeasterly at 25-35 km/h, before tending northeast to southeasterly at 15-20 km/h later today.
It comes after suburbs west of the M1 yesterday reportedly hit 40C, including Nerang and Mudgeeraba while those close to the coast sought slight relief with the mercury rising to just 29C at Surfers.
A weak storm moved through central suburbs around 5pm, bringing with it a burst of rain, wind and small hail, but it moved quickly offshore, taking with it a stunning lightning show as seen in the picture above taken by Dean Johnson at Benowa.
By 7.30pm, temps had dropped along the beach to just 22.8C, but the reprieve from the heat was short lived with temperatures soaring to an uncomfortable 27.7C at Surfers by midnight.
A much more comfortable overnight low of 16-18C is forecast for tonight and a cooler day is expected tomorrow, with 28C tipped for Surfers.
The hot and dry stormy conditions which have gripped the southeast since Sunday have been brought on by a surface trough surging east across the state’s southern interior.
It’s expected to contract offshore this morning, which in turn will see temperatures return to near average for the rest of the week.
At this stage, it’s looking likely thunderstorms will return to the southeast for the weekend.