Gold Coasters are being reassured the worst of the wild weather is well and truly over – for now.
It comes after the city was lashed by severe thunderstorms for the second night in a row, with the Gold Coast copping heavy rainfall, damaging winds and even hail in some parts.
The storms also battered Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast and Toowoomba, with a woman hospitalised after suffering an electric shock from a lightning strike at Okeden in the South Burnett Region.
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Thankfully she was taken to hospital in a stable condition.
More than 4000 homes across the Gold Coast were plunged into darkness after the wild weather cut power to properties in Pimpama, Ormeau, Carrara and Southport.
Helen Reed from the Bureau of Meteorology told myGC it was an intense night for the South East.
“There are a couple of places that picked up some decent hail, mainly through the Scenic Rim, down into the Gold Caost there was some decent hail as well, so quite a bit of an active situation there,” Ms Reed said.
“We also had a couple of places that picked up some pretty strong wind gusts as well, with gusts of up to 96 kilometres per hour in some parts.
“So that was all happening as a trough moved through the region.”
Ms Reed said the good news is that the storms have now moved offshore, with clear skies expected for at least the next week.
“Those thunderstorms have now been cleared and we are expecting today to be on the sunny end of the scale and not have anything in terms of rainfall to be concerned about,” she said.
“At the moment we are expecting it to be a day of sunshine, those storms have really moved right out over the water.
“The forecast does have the chance of a thunderstorm this afternoon but I do think that’s a really low chance indeed.”
A top of 27 degrees has been predicted for the Gold Coast today, heating up to 31 on Monday.
“We are expecting that sunshine to be the dominant feature over the next few days, temperatures will be on the warm end of the scale as well, looking at the high 20s and into the low 30s for the new week,” Ms Reed said.
“Then there’s just a little bit of a drop in temperature as the winds shift a little bit later in the week.”