Storm warning as Gold Coast sweats through hot, muggy day

The Bureau has warned the Gold Coast to brace for the possibility of severe storms over the next few hours with unsettled conditions continuing across the southeast.

Some storms have already swept across parts of the coast this afternoon.

No warning was issued but the cells dumped some heavy rain and brought some strong gusts of wind before quickly moving offshore.


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Mudgeeraba recorded 12 millimetres of rain in the space of a few minutes while Worongary had 11 millimetres.

The BOM has issued a general severe storm warning for parts of the southeast, including the Gold Coast, with more storm action likely.

“A very moist airmass is located over Queensland associated with the active Monsoon Trough and this is causing fairly widespread thunderstorm active during this afternoon and likely into the evening. Most of this will be slow-moving making it suited to delivering heavy rainfall,” the BOM said.

“Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding over the next several hours in parts of the Southeast Coast district.

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

It comes after an uncomfortable day across the Gold Coast with hot and humid conditions lingering across the southeast.

The temperature at the Gold Coast Seaway got to 32.2 degrees earlier today, but the ‘feels like’ temperature was as high as 34.2 degrees.

Brooke Pagel from the Bureau says the weather on the Gold Coast at the moment is more like what you’d get in tropical Far North Queensland.

“Hot and humid conditions don’t usually go together and it is unusually humid even for the area,” Ms Paygel said.

“The dew points for the Gold Coast at the moment are more likely what you’d see in Cairns or Darwin.”

The Gold Coast is in for another uncomfortable night with the mercury not expected to get below 25 degrees.

Wednesday will be hot and humid again with a top of 33 degrees with storms more likely, possibly severe.

Relief is not expected until Thursday when a change moves through the southeast.