Strong winds and hazardous surf for the Gold Coast as Cyclone Seth intensifies

The Gold Coast is in for some wild weather to start 2022 as Tropical Cyclone Seth moves slowly down the Queensland coast.

The system increased to a category 2 storm on Friday night as it sits well off the coast of Mackay, packing wind gusts of around 130 km/hr.

The Bureau of Meteorology expects the cyclone to start taking a more southerly track today, before slowing and moving southwest on Sunday.


“Seth could weaken in the short term but is is expected to strengthen for a period later Saturday and early Sunday,” the Bureau’s warning states.

“On Monday, it should be weakening as it transitions into a sub-tropical system. However, movement becomes uncertain and it may move closer to or over the coast.”

Strong wind warnings are in place for Mackay Coast, Capricornia Coast, Hervey Bay, Fraser Island Coast and Sunshine Coast Waters on Saturday.

On Sunday, gale winds are expected to impact the Fraser Island Coast, Sunshine Coast Waters and Gold Coast Waters.

A Hazardous Surf Warning has also been issued for the Gold Coast on Sunday with swells to increase to 2.5 to 3 metres around midday, bringing large and powerful conditions which will be dangerous for coastal activities such as rock fishing, swimming and surfing.

The Bureau has also warned high tides may exceed the highest tide of the year by up to half a metre at some locations right across the southeast, including the Gold Coast, on Sunday morning.

There will be a fair bit of rain across the Gold Coast to start the new year, with up to 30mm predicted for Saturday, decreasing to just 4mm on Sunday.

IMAGE | Predictions of wind intensity at 7PM Sunday. Source