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Wild weather to close Gold Coast beaches

AAP logoAAP 3/08/2016

Gold Coast beaches will be closed as dangerous surf and strong winds pound the coastline.

All beaches on the tourist strip will be off-limits on Thursday morning, with the closures to be reviewed at midday.

The weather bureau is predicting offshore winds up to 80km/h and swells of up to five metres.

Shark nets along the coast have already been removed ahead of the wild conditions.

Marine wind warnings are in place for Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Fraser Island waters on Thursday.

A severe weather warning for damaging winds is current for the Darling Downs, Granite Belt and Southeast Coast forecast districts.

Bureau of Meteorology meteorologist Sean Fitzgerald said a trough system offshore would whip up strong winds as it moved north.

Gusts of up to 90km/h are likely to develop on higher ground along the southern border ranges on Wednesday night, extending to exposed coastal areas in the morning.

"If you are in the hills or on the shore, or even worse out on the ocean, you'll definitely be feeling it," Mr Fitzgerald said.

Gold Coast chief lifeguard Warren Young said the strong winds and increasing swell meant beaches would be closed on Thursday morning as a precaution.

Sunshine Coast beaches are expected to remain open in the morning. However, they may be closed in the afternoon as the system moves north.

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