Gold Coast weather produces temperatures that can reach as high as 40C but it would be seen as rare for this part of
Australia. In January 2010, Coolangatta set a new record for the month when the
thermometer hit 37.9C to break the old record of 34.9 in 2004. Inland the temperature hit the low 40s centigrade.
As well as all that sunshine the Gold Coast has an average rainfall of about 1400mm annually, the majority of which falls in the summer period, as is the norm with most subtropical climates.
February, March and April offer the best rainfall with 644mm the highest and August and September the lowest with barely a shower at just 0.2mm.
But recent years have seen a number of records tumble and in October 2010, the
Gold Coast recorded its wettest October with 264mm of rain falling. In Summer (December-March) with temperatures reaching a comfortable 29C on
average the world famous beaches are packed with tourists and locals.
Humidity can be high, especially before a tropical storm, but is often followed by cool sea breezes. On hot days the rainforests and mountain creeks of the hinterland are the place to be - where temperatures are markedly cooler - around 10C lower than the coast.
Once Autumn arrives in March the temperatures dip a little (15-25°C) but are accompanied by sensational sunny days and wonderful nights. During Winter the average temperature is still 11-21°C with sunny days and cool
evenings and with less than 60mm of rainfall per month. Spring is very similar to Autumn on the Coast with glorious sunny days, occasional downpours, but balmy evenings which are perfect for outdoor entertaining.
Below is the official Gold Coast weather forecast from the Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology.