Thunderstorms and cooler weather on the way
THE next week is set to be a bit more comfortable with onshore winds bringing cooler weather and clearing up the smoke from Stradbroke Island.
Weatherzone meteorologist Rob Sharp said the rest of the week should be smoke-free and a bit cooler, with some possible showers for the next few days.
Mr Sharp said the smoke from Stradbroke was lingering in Tweed as a result of northerly winds along the coast.
"Moving through this week, there will be a south-southeast change," Mr Sharp said.
"That will clear up the smoke.
"Onshore winds will be giving you nice clear, ocean air."
"The weekend should be reasonably dry, but I wouldn't rule out showers," Mr Sharp said.
After the driest December in 41 years, Mr Sharp didn't hint at any heavy rain - just enough to keep the gardens happy.
Mr Sharp said we should see tops of 28 degree over the next week.
Meanwhile, the Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting severe thunderstorms for the Northern Rivers region, including the Tweed Shire, for this afternoon.
Heavy rainfall, large hailstones and damaging winds are expected.
The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
Move your car under cover or away from trees.
Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony.
Keep clear of fallen power lines.
Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
Don't walk, ride your bike or drive through flood water. If you are trapped by flash flooding, seek refuge in the highest available place and ring 000 if you need rescue.
Unplug computers and appliances.
Avoid using the phone during the storm.
Stay indoors away from windows, and keep children and pets indoors as well.
Ring the SES on 132 500 if neccesary.