Gold Coast hit by surprise winter hailstorm

3.15PM: SCATTERED showers and isolated storms continue to make their way across the southeast this afternoon.

A small but intense cell over Canungra has tracked north over Tamborine and Eagle Heights, currently passing inland of Oxenford.

Heavy bursts of rain and small hail are likely with cells that develop throughout the afternoon.


2.20PM: A LIGHTNING active storm has been detected on weather radar, approximately 20km west of Surfers Paradise.

It is currently spitting out a few bolts over Canungra and delivering moderate-to-heavy rain and small to the area.

It is tracking in a general northeast direction and may produce small hail as we saw earlier in the afternoon over Mudgeeraba, Robina, Runaway Bay and Paradise Point.

Further scattered showers and isolated storms are likely to stick with us throughout the remainder of the afternoon.

1.00PM: PARTS of the Gold Coast have been hit by hail this afternoon after a thunderstorm developed rapidly over the hinterland and swept across the city.

The storm first exploded over Springbrook around 11.30am and marched northeast towards the coast.

Residents in Mudgeeraba and Robina were reporting small hail, heavy rain and thunder shortly after midday.

The cell went on to deliver moderate bursts of rain between Tallebudgera and Palm Beach, and north along the coast.

Small hail was also reported at Runaway Bay and Paradise Point around 1pm as the activity slowly contracts off shore.

Residents are asked to keep an eye on the sky with further isolated thundery showers expected until this evening.

Severe Thunderstorm Warnings will only be issued if storms are expected to produce damaging wind gusts (90km/h+), large hail (2cm diameter or more), very heavily rainfall (conducive to flash flooding) and tornadoes.

All thunderstorms generally produce lightning, and many produce gusty winds, brief heavy showers and hail.

IMAGE: Supplied by Darren.