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Gold Coast cold snap could usher in a wet winter, BOM says

By Sarah Cumming, Friday May 22, 2020 - 11:51 EST
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Climatologists say there is a 60 per cent chance winter will be wetter than average on the Gold Coast. - ABC

Gold Coasters will be reaching for the winter coats this weekend as a cold snap sweeps through the city, bringing what could be one of the coolest days of the year.



Forecasters say residents might want to keep an umbrella handy too — Miami received 33 millimetres of rain over the past week and winter is tipped to be wetter than normal.

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Jonty Hall said the Gold Coast would get a taste of the cold this weekend thanks to cloudy skies and a fresh south-westerly breeze.

"That is going to make it feel a bit on the cool side for sure, the temperatures themselves struggling to get into the low 20s," Mr Hall said.

"One of the coolest days of the year, probably, for south-east Queensland."



Good chance of a wet winter

Senior BOM climatologist Blair Trewin said June, July and August were typically the driest months of the year for the Gold Coast.

But he said there was a 60 per cent chance winter would bring more rain than usual to the region this year.

"It's quite an interesting outlook because the outlook over the most of the country is leaning very strongly towards a wet winter," he said.

"But a lot of that is driven by the fact that the conditions are very favourable for a lot of moisture to come in from the north-west, from the Indian Ocean.

"In that sort of situation the east coast doesn't do as well as areas further inland.

"We are going for an 80 per cent or more chance of above normal rainfall through most inland areas for winter.

"On the coast that drops away to around 60 percent, so still leaning a bit towards the wet side."

Increase in house fires

Queensland Fire and Emergency Service zone commander Greg Tomlinson urged residents to prepare their homes ahead of winter to prevent house fires.

"With the colder months that certainly increases some of the risks around the home," he said.

"People start using different appliances that they would not normally use in the warmer months, so electric blankets and heaters.

"Make sure that those appliances are in good working condition."

He said nearly 50 per cent of house fires started in the kitchen, and people should have an evacuation plan and check their smoke alarms.


- ABC

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