Severe weather warning for Gold Coast beaches

We’re being urged to stay away from our famous Gold Coast beaches, following a severe weather warning from the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM).

Dangerous surf conditions are forecast to develop early on Sunday, continuing through Monday, before easing on Tuesday.

“Dangerous surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities, such as rock fishing, swimming and surfing,” BoM explained in a warning released on Saturday morning.


“At 6am, a coastal trough and an embedded low pressure system near Fraser Island are forecast to deepen while shifting slowly south over the weekend.

“A strong, slow moving high pressure system in the Tasman Sea will extend a firm ridge to the south of the trough.

“The combination of these systems will lead to a long fetch of strong to gale force easterly winds, leading to large waves and swells over Gold Coast Waters.

“Locations which may be affected include Gold Coast, Coolangatta and the eastern side of both Moreton Island and North Stradbroke Island.”

It comes amid more wet weather, with rain predicted across the weekend and into the working week.

The Gold Coast and Hinterland has enjoyed steady rainfall since Wednesday, with just over 9mm falling at the Gold Coast seaway in the 24-hours to 7am on Saturday.