5.30 PM UPDATE | A THUNDERSTORM has blanketed parts of the Gold Coast in hail and sent temperatures plummeting across the city.
The brief but intense cell brought with it a burst of heavy rain, strong wind and copious amounts of small hail.
Although not large enough to trigger a severe thunderstorm warning from the weather bureau, the tiny stones left pockets of the hinterland resembling a winter wonderland.
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Kristy Spindler posted a photo of a ‘hailman’ that she was able to build out of the hailstones at Mt Tamborine.
Parts of Canungra were also battered before the hail eased as it moved through Merrimac, Mudgeeraba, and Tallai.
After delivering a drenching to the rest of the coast, the storm had pushed out to sea and cleared the city by 5pm.
The storm has sent temperatures plummeting; it’s dropped seven degrees on the Gold Coast in the last hour.
It was the second storm to hit the city on Thursday; residents were treated to a thundery awakening around 7am.
A southerly wind change is expected to sweep up the coast tonight, which will keep daytime temperatures in the low 20s for at least the next week.
4:15 PM | IT is hailing in parts of the Gold Coast as a line of thunderstorms close in on the city.
A storm band packed with lightning is currently impacting the city from the west. The cells are likely to contain bursts of heavy rain and strong wind. Small hail is also possible.
The band stretches from Coomera in the north, to Coolangatta in the south. It was already hailing in Canungra at 4pm. By 4.15pm, the stones had started to fall in Merrimac, Mudgeeraba, and Tallai.
At the time of publishing, the storms were forecast to hit the coast by 4:30pm.
No severe thunderstorm warning was current for the Gold Coast at the time of publishing.
The Bureau of Meteorology says it will only issue a warning if storms are expected to produce wind gusts stronger than 90km/h, hail greater than 2cm in diameter, very heavy rainfall, flash flooding or tornadoes.
Meanwhile, residents south of the border in northern New South Wales are being warned to prepare for storms capable of producing “major damage”, with destructive winds, very large hail and flash flooding likely.
Locations which may be affected include Lismore, Ballina, Casino, and Kyogle.
MORE TO COME.