Queensland weather: Beaches closed, rain forecast for weekend
Lifeguards have closed beaches on the Gold and Sunshine coasts as wet and wild weather hits southeast Queensland.
The wet weather caught many Queenslanders off guard this morning, with the rain expected to set in ahead of the weekend.
Beaches will be assessed throughout the day but look likely to stay closed.
Buddina Beach – Sunshine Coast
Marcoola Beach – Sunshine Coast
Maroochydore Beach – Sunshine Coast
Peregian Beach – Sunshine Coast
Sunshine Beach – Sunshine Coast
Twin Waters – Sunshine Coast
Main Beach – North Stradbroke Island
Tallebudgera Creek – Gold Coast
Beaches were closed earlier today, but have now been reopened:
Alexandra Headland – Sunshine Coast
Woorim Beach – Bribie Island
Bulcock Beach – Sunshine Coast
Dicky Beach – Sunshine Coast
Rainbow Beach – Sunshine Coast
The Bureau of Meteorology forecasts lower temperatures and rain until Sunday, with the highest chance of showers today and tomorrow.
From Monday temperatures are expected to climb back up to the 30s.
The wet weather put a dampner on Wednesday night’s ‘super blue blood moon’, with cloud blocking views for much of the southeast corner.
The Sunshine Coast received a bucketing overnight, with Glass House Mountains getting 115mm of rain between 9.30pm and 12.30am, the Sunshine Coast Daily reports.
Beewah received falls of 102mm, 94mm in Maroochydore, 93mm in Sippy Downs, 97mm at Bells Creek, 87mm in Tanawha, and 81mm in Mountain Creek.
Brisbane drivers were on Thursday being urged to keep headlights on and take extra care on the roads this morning, with slippery weather often a recipe for more accidents.
So far there are no serious accidents reported across the city.
Traffic was slowed at Herston on the Inner City Bypass, when a ute and two trucks collided in the east-bound direction around 6am.
Police said no one has been badly injured in any of the accidents.
Locals are also being encouraged to be careful around the water today, with hazardous surf warnings issued for the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Fraser Island.
Surf Life Saving Queensland has told surfers and swimmers to consider staying out of the water today and avoid rock platforms.
— Bianca Stone (@Bianca_Stone) January 31, 2018
Mooloolaba Beach was closed yesterday on the Sunshine Coast, but it didn’t stop swimmers from trying their luck.
Lifesavers pulled 13 people from the water yesterday after they found themselves in trouble.