Severe Weather Warning issued as Gold Coast braces for intense rainfall

A Severe Weather Warning has been issued for the Gold Coast as the southeast braces for a couple of days of intense rainfall that may lead to “dangerous and life-threatening” flash flooding.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, a coastal trough over southeast Queensland is forecast to deepen in response to an upper low overnight on Sunday and into Monday.

This trough is expected to remain slow-moving while producing heavy rainfall with embedded thunderstorms on Monday and Tuesday.


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The Gold Coast is forecast to see anywhere up to 100mm of rain across Monday and another 80 millimetres of rain on Tuesday.

Severe thunderstorms are also possible across both days.

“Heavy rainfall which may lead to flash flooding is forecast for areas southeast of Double Island Point to Crows Nest to Warwick on Monday and Tuesday,” the BOM warning states.

“Six-hourly rainfall totals between 80 to 140 mm are possible, reaching up to 180 mm over coastal areas and ranges.

“Locally intense rainfall leading to dangerous and life-threatening flash flooding  is possible with thunderstorms with six-hourly rainfall totals up to 250 mm.

“Heavy rainfall increases the potential for landslides and debris across roads.

“Locations which may be affected include Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Ipswich, Coolangatta, Caboolture, Cleveland, Gatton and Jimboomba.”