Tweed Heads local Amy Van den Akker struggles to hold her umbrella during the last severe weather event on the Tweed.
Tweed Heads local Amy Van den Akker struggles to hold her umbrella during the last severe weather event on the Tweed. Scott Davis

Severe weather set to lash the Tweed

TWEED residents are warned to prepare for dangerous weather conditions predicted to hit the region in coming days.

Up to 200mm of rain is expected to fall on the Tweed and Gold Coasts on Saturday, in what is expected to be the East Coast’s “most significant weather event” of the year so far.

The severe weather conditions, extending from the Sunshine Coast, down to Gippsland in Victoria, are expected to dump between 200-400mm of rain, with significant flooding expected in some areas.

Coolangatta alone should see rainfalls of between 40-80mm on Saturday.
Coolangatta alone should see rainfalls of between 40-80mm on Saturday. Contributed

Weatherzone meteorologist Rob Sharpe said the Tweed and Gold Coasts should be preparing for severe weather conditions throughout a 12 hour period from Saturday evening into Sunday morning.

“We’re likely to see a low pressure trough move down the coastline at some point on Saturday, which will most likely deliver in the order of 200mm of rain,” Mr Sharpe said.

“There’s potential for thunderstorms, gale force winds and there’ll be some flooding.”

Mr Sharpe said severe weather predictions were due to two weather systems combining on Saturday, before breaking up on Sunday.

“There’s a weak, low pressure trough off the East Coast, and a deep, upper-level trough currently sitting over central Australia that’s moving eastwards and will combine with that coastal trough,” he said.

“Winds will increase, with the heaviest rains and strongest winds peaking at the end of the system, before easing and clearing on Sunday.”

Weatherzone's precipitation map showing rain arriving on the Northern Rivers
Weatherzone's precipitation map showing rain arriving on the Northern Rivers Weatherzone

Winds speeds are expected to be in the vicinity of 25-40 knots in an east north-east direction, causing gales and damaging surf.

The strongest winds are expected to be to the south of the low’s centre, which by early Sunday, should be near the NSW/Qld border.

From Sunday mid-morning, the winds should shift south-westerly and ease across south-east Qld, although a peak in swell will soon follow.

Swells are expected to reach between 3-4 metres, producing hazardous surf conditions.



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