Severe weather warning issued for South East Queensland

A warning has been issued for the Gold Coast, with strong winds and dangerous surf conditions expected to head our way over the next 24-48 hours.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe weather warning on Tuesday morning for much of the south coast as the threat of a cyclone looms.

Experts are keeping an eye on a tropical low hanging over the Solomon Islands which could potentially form into Cyclone Linda.


“At 4 am Tuesday, a tropical low was located over the eastern Coral Sea approximately 1300 km northeast of the Sunshine Coast and moving towards the south,” the Bureau’s warning read.

“The low is expected strengthen a little and adopt a southwesterly track today, bringing it closer to southeast Queensland overnight Tuesday into Wednesday.

“Gale force winds over the southern flank of the low are expected to produce large east to southeasterly swells along exposed parts of the southern Queensland coast from Wednesday.”

The low will also bring rough and powerful surf to beaches along the Gold Coast.

“Dangerous surf conditions are expected to develop during Wednesday morning along the east coast of Fraser Island and the Sunshine Coast, and then extend southwards to the Gold Coast during Wednesday afternoon and evening. These conditions are likely to persist into Thursday.”

“Although water levels on the high tide early Wednesday morning may approach or slightly exceed the highest tide of the year along the open beaches, significant innundation of low lying areas is not expected.”

The Bureau will update its warning at 11.00am.