Storms clear before expected cold snap

Gold Coast - myGC - Liquid Boulevard - May 2 2014 (morning)

Friday mornings thunderstorm passing over the Gold Coast, as seen from Coolangatta. IMAGE: Liquid Boulevard SOURCE: Supplied

THE second severe thunderstorm of the day has delivered strong winds and heavy rainfall to parts of the Gold Coast.

The impressive storm structure rolled in from the west shortly before 4pm, with the heaviest of the rain falling north of Nerang and Surfers Paradise.


Storm activity is contracting offshore and is expected to clear the coast during the evening.

It was the second cell of the day following what was a thundery start to the morning.

Residents woke to thunder, lightning and heavy rain in some parts around 6am, with the heaviest falling around southern suburbs including Nerang and Mudgeeraba.

Storm - Josh Versluis - Jacobs Well

Impressive roll cloud ahead of the Severe Thunderstorm in Jacobs Well on Friday afternoon. IMAGE: Josh Versluis SOURCE: Supplied

The sun will return over the weekend, although it will feel a lot like winter as a blustery cold front and dry air-mass surges through the area on Saturday, dropping temperatures well below the May average.

The cold, dry air-mass will continue to dominate conditions on Sunday, with clearer skies likely to result in early frost patches about the southeastern interior.

Maximum temperatures of 21 degrees are forecast over the weekend, with chilly overnight lows plummeting below 10.

Temperatures will be at their coldest on Sunday morning, plunging to just seven degrees in inland suburbs.

Westerly winds up to 40km/h are also likely, increasing the wind chill factor.

Cool conditions are expected to stick around into the working week where the mercury will struggle to climb above 25 degrees.

Storm - Adi Love - Coomera

The storm front as seen in Coomera on the northern Gold Coast on Friday afternoon. IMAGE: Adi Love SOURCE: Supplied