East coast low set to smash the Sunshine Coast
BIG seas, plummeting temperatures and gale-force winds will all be features of the mid-winter weather change about to smash into the Sunshine Coast.
Residents will wake Thursday morning to a minimum temperature of around eight degrees and southerly winds averaging more than 60kmh.
Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Adam Blazak said strong winds would begin to develop off the coast Wednesday evening as a consequence of a developing low-pressure system off the NSW north coast.
Effects will be felt northward to Fraser Island with a developing swell to four metres expected to create dangerous surf conditions into Friday.
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Mr Blazak said swell would reach three to five metres offshore.
Most computer models are showing the system tracking north-east from the Queensland-NSW border and weakening. However Mr Blazak said computer modelling would continue to be run over the coming days because the situation was volatile.
The low-pressure system will add impetus to the impacts of a deep low moving across the bottom of Australia which is expected to develop into a big and intense complex low off Ulladulla later in the week.
Sunshine Coast Daily surf forecaster Mike Perry has been monitoring weather systems for professional surfers ahead of the World Surf League Billabong Pro Tahiti world title event at Teahupoo starting August 19.
He predicts a big southerly swell by week's end or earlier which may bring three to four foot waves to some of our beaches.
The formation of an east coast low off the Tweed coast would be closely watched. It is expected to go straight out to sea by Saturday, leaving south-easterly wind conditions in its wake.
They are, however, notoriously hard to predict.
Sunshine Coast Council executive director of infrastructure services and local disaster management head Andrew Ryan said there was still to be any notification from the State Disaster Coordination Centre.