Severe thunderstorms “likely” for Gold Coast

Gold Coasters are being warned it could be another sleepless night as the threat of severe thunderstorms looms for the region once again.

The city was woken by thunder, lightning and heavy rain in the early hours of this morning after severe storm cells moved across the city, dumping as much as 50 millimetres of rain in some suburbs.

The Bureau of Meteorology has warned severe thunderstorms are “likely” for the Gold Coast today.


“Severe thunderstorms with the risk of heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding, damaging wind gusts, and large hail remain possible across southeastern districts today,” Meteorologist Shane Kennedy said.

“This is due to the influence of an upper trough over the south of the state and increased tropical moisture across eastern districts.

“Showers and thunderstorms are expected to push offshore overnight, clearing by mid-morning tomorrow, as the upper trough moves off the southeast coast.

“A cooler and drier airmass will slowly spread across the state from tomorrow, with cooler temperatures over southern districts on Friday and extending to the tropics over the weekend.”

The Gold Coast will see temperatures drop over the weekend, with a top of just 21 degrees predicted for Sunday.

“The risk of frost returns to the southern interior from Saturday morning and is likely to persist for several days,” Mr Kennedy added.

“Southeasterly trade winds and stream showers are forecast to increase about the east coast from Monday.”

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