Strong wind warning for Coast as south east deluge hits

THE Sunshine Coast will dodge the worst of the weather hitting Queensland's south east coast on Tuesday with the heaviest falls now concentrated on the Gold Coast and its hinterland.

The Bureau of Meteorology says the chance of isolated falls and thunder storms here producing up to 100mm of rain in places on the Sunshine Coast has fallen away as an off shore low pressure system hovers below us off the coast.

Forecaster Rick Threlfall said the heaviest rain could always be expected to fall on the southern side of a low pressure system with the Sunshine Coast now only expected to receive between 10 and 30mm of rain throughout the day.

Falls here will be patchy with the cloudy conditions beginning to break up from Wednesday as the Sunshine Coast heads towards more typically winter conditions next week with cooler nights and sunny, cloud free days.

The low pressure system is expected to generate rough surf conditions for the remainder of Tuesday and to ensure for the rest of the week a continuation of the easterly swell that has kept surfers in the water for much of the past fortnight.

A strong wind warning for coastal waters off the Sunshine Coast is likely to remain in place through to Thursday.

Winds Tuesday were south westerly at 20-30kmh early before they will swing southerly at 25-40kmh during a day that will hit a maximum temperature of 21 degrees.

Wednesday will be partly cloudy with temperatures ranging from 14 degrees overnight to 23 degrees with southerly winds at 25-35kmh switching south easterly at 20 to 30kmh before dawn and then south south east through the day.

The likelihood of rain will drop away with the wind on Thursday on a partly cloudy day with the chance of a shower or two and temperatures ranging from 15-23 degrees.

Wind will be light early, get up to a maximum of 20kmh from the south before dropping away.

Friday and Saturday will be both partly cloudy though with little chance of showers with winds light to end the working week and then reaching a maximum of only 20kmh from the south on Saturday.

Sunday will be sunny and reach a maximum of 24 degrees before Monday kick starts a return to a normal Sunshine Coast winter with temperatures ranging from 10 degrees overnight Sunday to a maximum of 21 degrees on a sunny day with south westerly winds to 20kmh.



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