The satellite image shows the development of weather systems expected to bring gale-force winds to the coast.
The satellite image shows the development of weather systems expected to bring gale-force winds to the coast. Facebook: Higgins Storm Chasing

Dangerous conditions loom as weather system moves in

TOWNS along the Queensland border and southern coast are today bracing for severe weather, but on the Sunshine Coast dangerous conditions are expected to hit tomorrow.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Sean Fitzgerald said strong winds coming through today would develop in to gale force winds offshore.

"Strong winds are developing near the border, offshore, and near Moreton and Stradbroke Islands," he said.

"They'll be reaching gale levels by Thursday, that's in excess of 70-80kmh."

Those strong winds are expected to whip up plenty of swell, combining to create dangerous marine conditions but the system is not expected to bring heavy rainfall.

The forecast for Thursday is for cloudy skies and a 40% chance of showers and winds reaching up to 40kmh on land.

Large and powerful surf is expected to make for dangerous conditions for swimmers, surfers and fishers.

Surf forecasting services Swellnet has predicted wave heights of 5-6 feet, and 10-12 feet on south-facing beaches by noon Thursday.

Local Disaster Coordinator Andrew Ryan said large and powerful surf conditions would be hazardous for coastal activities such as boating, crossing coastal bars, and rock fishing.

"A low pressure system is developing off the coast of northern New South Wales and is expected to move towards Queensland coastal waters tonight and tomorrow," Mr Ryan said.

"This will likely cause damaging wind gusts, possibly up to 90km per hour, in South East Queensland tonight and tomorrow.

"Southerly swells, between three to five metres offshore, will move northwards during Thursday and are expected to decrease later in the day.

"While we know many surfers have been waiting for big surf like this, these conditions really are only for very experienced surfers and as they have the potential to be very dangerous, we ask everyone to be careful.

"Some minor beach erosion is possible due to higher than normal tide levels tomorrow along the coast. Council will continue to monitor the situation until the severe weather system moves off the coast on Friday."


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