IT’S time to give those air conditioners a rest and pull out the extra blankets, track suits and ugg boots – it’s going to get cold.
The Gold Coast will be hit with an early taste of winter this weekend, following an unsettled 48 hours of showers, rain and storms.
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Between 5-10mm fell across the majority of the Gold Coast overnight last night, with another 10-20mm forecast today and again tomorrow.
Further isolated showers are expected to develop over the city today in the wake of the Wednesday night’s rain band, before a surface trough over the interior of the state shifts east on Friday, triggering scattered showers and gusty storms.
The Weather Bureau warns some of these storms are likely to be severe, particularly about the southeast corner.
The unsettled conditions are forecast to contract east with the trough on Friday afternoon, most likely clearing the coast during the evening.
A strong cold front and associated dry airmass will then surge through the area on Saturday, dropping both maximum and minimum temperatures well below the May average.
Gold Coasters can expected a top of just 20 degrees on Saturday, 22 on Sunday and 21 on Monday, before temps begin to warm back up during the working week.
The mercury will be at its lowest on Sunday morning, with a minimum of just nine degrees forecast. Similar on Monday, with a low of 10 degrees expected.
The Bureau says the sunny, clearer skies and associated unseasonably low temperatures should result in early frost patches about the southeastern interior.