A STRONG southerly wind change is tipped to drop daytime temperatures by at least six degrees when it hits the Gold Coast on Thursday, bringing an end to a spate of perfect, summer-like weather.
The weather bureau says there’ll be a “moderate-to-high chance of showers and rain areas” moving through the southeast and clearing off the coast during the day as a surface trough moves offshore.
A fresh to strong southerly wind change is expected to follow the passage of the trough and, according to forecasters, will reach the far southeast corner in the afternoon or evening.
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The weather bureau says the trough will make way for fresh winds and much cooler temperatures.
It follows a hot and humid start to the month, with above-average temperatures toasting the tourist city.
After eight consecutive days of 28-degree-plus weather coupled with high humidity, the mercury will climb to just 23 degrees on the Gold Coast today.
Winds will also pick up as they switch from northerly to southerly. The weather bureau says gusts could exceed 40km/h in the afternoon.
It’ll be a similar story right across the Coast again on Friday and Saturday, with partly cloudy skies.