The Gold Coast is about to get battered by strong winds and dangerous surf with a severe weather warning issued for the southeast.
An east coast low is expected to form off the Fraser Coast later on Thursday before gradually moving south and intensifying on Friday.
That low will combine with a ridge to the south bringing some heavy showers and potentially gale-force winds.
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Wind gusts of 70 km/h have already been recorded at the Seaway on Thursday morning.
“We could see damaging winds in excess of 90km/h which could bring down some trees and cause a bit of damage. It all depends on how close that system gets to the coast,” BOM Senior MeteorologistJonathon How said.
A hazardous surf warning is also in place for waters from Fraser Island all the way to the Coffs Coast with waves of 2 to 4 metres initially.
But the BOM is warning that will increase significantly on Friday.
“Later on Friday we could see waves of 7 to 8 meters and with these really big waves coming from the east there is the risk of coastal erosion.”
Thankfully, with the low expected to remain off the coast, rainfall will be limited.
However, the Bureau is still predicting up to 50mm of rain across Thursday and Friday.
The system is expected to move away from the coast on Saturday which will see the showers ease.
However, the large waves are expected to hang around until early next week.