Ex-Cyclone Ola to whip up 2.5m waves along SEQ coastline

Former Tropical Cyclone Ola to whip up waves along the south-east Queensland coast.
Former Tropical Cyclone Ola to whip up waves along the south-east Queensland coast. Trevor Veale

SURFER'S Paradise is expected to span far further than just the Gold Coast suburb for the next couple of days, as the remnants of Tropical Cyclone Ola whip up huge waves along much of Queensland's southeast coast.

The tail end of category three Tropical Cyclone Ola is sweeping across the southeast corner, bringing waves of up to 2.5 metres and swells of the same size.

TC Ola passed the east of New Caledonia over the weekend and is weakening as it moves south.

Winds of between 50 km/h and 60 km/h are also expected, coinciding with higher than average tides, the combination of which prompted the closure of a number of Gold Coast beaches on Wednesday morning.

Beaches have reopened since but both the Bureau of Meteorology and lifeguards are warning swimmers, rock fisherman and surfers to exercise caution over the coming days.

The conditions are expected to impact Queensland beaches from the Fraser Coast down to the New South Wales border.

Read more on this at Brisbane Times



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