Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of Southeast Coast Forecast District.

Issued at 8:25 pm Sunday, 31 December 2023.

Weather Situation: A persistent, humid easterly airflow and subtle coastal trough near the southeast Queensland coast, together with an upper-level trough, is expected to increase shower and thunderstorm activity in the warning area overnight Sunday and Monday.

HEAVY RAINFALL which may lead to FLASH FLOODING is forecast for the southern parts of the Southeast Coast overnight Sunday and Monday. Three to six-hourly rainfall totals between 80 and 160 mm are possible, with isolated 24-hourly totals exceeding 200 mm possible, more likely about the ranges. Localised INTENSE RAINFALL leading to DANGEROUS AND LIFE-THREATENING FLASH FLOODING is possible during this period with six-hourly rainfall totals between 150 and 250 mm possible.

Heavy rainfall will be associated with shower and thunderstorm activity, which is likely to be hit-and-miss in nature across the warning area. There is significant uncertainty in the movement and timing of features, but at this stage the heavy rainfall risk may persist into Tuesday morning.

A separate Severe Thunderstorm Warning will be issued if very dangerous thunderstorms with intense rainfall are detected.

A Flood Watch is current for areas in southeast Queensland, and flood warnings may issued as required. Please refer to

Locations which may be affected include Gold Coast, Coolangatta, Mount Tamborine and Springbrook.

76 mm of rainfall recorded in the 30 minutes to 7:45 pm at Upper Springbrook.
63.2 mm of rainfall recorded in the 30 minutes to 7:45 pm at Lower Springbrook.

Emergency services advise people to:
* If you have children make sure they are with you or an adult you trust.
* Park your car undercover away from trees.
* Close doors and windows.
* Keep asthma medications close by. Storms and wind can trigger asthma attacks.
* Charge mobile phones and power banks in case the power goes out.
* Put your pets somewhere safe and make sure they can be identified in case they get lost.
* Do not drive now unless you have to because conditions are dangerous.
* Tell friends, family and neighbours in the area.
* Go inside a strong building now. Stay inside until the storm has passed.