WILD WEEK­END ON THE HORI­ZON

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - NI­CHOLAS MCELROY

JUMP on a surf­board or hide un­der­cover – these are the two op­tions for Gold Coast­ers as rains and pump­ing 2m waves move in on the city in com­ing days.

Thun­der­storms and up to 90mm of rain could hit the Glit­ter Strip this week­end ac­cord­ing to the Bu­reau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy.

With rains ex­pected across much for the state un­til Fri­day, Sky News chief me­te­o­rol­o­gist Tom Saun­ders said some ar­eas could re­ceive the big­gest drench­ing since Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Deb­bie.

“For many cities and towns this will be the heav­i­est rain since Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Deb­bie in early au­tumn,” Mr Saun­ders said.

Surf fore­cast­ing web­site Coastal­watch ex­pects some “ma­jor swell” up to 2m to hit beaches on Mon­day.

The south-east­erly trade wind swell is be­ing her­alded as a “sea­son opener” for the Gold Coast’s sum­mer surf sea­son.

“There’s some ma­jor swell and wind on fore­cast next week,” said chief fore­caster Ben Macart­ney.

Pic­ture: GLENN HAMP­SON

Gold Coast City life­guard Michael Saal of­fers Bris­bane vis­i­tors Gemma Turner, 19, and Jack Dick­son, 19, shel­ter from the el­e­ments at Burleigh un­der his board.

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