Severe storms, icy blast heading for the Gold Coast

Enjoy the sunshine and warm temperatures while you can Gold Coasters, because we’ll soon be reaching for an extra blanket and cardigan.

A severe cold front is currently sweeping across the country and it’s due to hit us on Thursday night.

Ahead of that, we’re also being warned that severe thunderstorms are likely to hit the city tomorrow, with damaging winds and locally destructive wind gusts expected.


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According to the weather bureau, we could also see large hailstones with the storms, which are expected through the afternoon and evening.

The sunshine will be back out again on Friday, however we are being warned to brace for that cold snap as we head into the weekend.

On Friday, temperatures are tipped to get down to a low of 12 degrees, before we hit single-digit temps on the weekend.

On Saturday and Sunday, you may find yourself reaching for the ugg boots, with a chilly low of just 7 degrees predicted.

The maximum temperatures are also set to take a hit as the cold front hangs around, with tops of 23 on both days.

BOM Meteorologist Adam Morgan says the maximum temperatures are about 8-14 degrees below average for this time of year.

“It’s going to be cold, real cold,” Dr Morgan said.

“This is a very strong and widespread cold outbreak across the southeast, on the kind of scale we haven’t seen in April since 2008.”

According to the weather bureau, northwest NSW and southwest Qld could see their coldest April day since the 1960s or 70s on Thursday.

The weather change has come at a bit of an inconvenient time, with Queensland finally set to relax stay-at-home restrictions this weekend.

From midnight on Friday, Queenslanders will be able to leave their homes for recreation, while the distance they can travel from their homes has also been extended to 50km.

Recreational activities that will be allowed from Saturday, include going for a drive, picnic, riding a motorbike, jetski or boat for pleasure, visiting a national park, and shopping for non-essential items like clothes and shoes.

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