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Enormous tides and dangerous surf will continue to batter south-east Queensland and northern New South Wales over the next two days, as the aftermath of ex-tropical cyclone Seth sweeps the coast.

The Bureau of Meteorology has predicted these regions will see the worst of extreme weather warnings today, with dangerous tidal conditions continuing into the week.

Abnormally high and dangerous tides are thrashing Australia’s east coast, following ex-cyclone Seth off the coast of Queensland. (Nine)

Queensland’s Gold Coast region and surrounds have been warned to brace for gale force winds of 90 to 100km/hour tonight and 50 to 100mm of rain was expected.

“Ex-tropical cyclone Seth is currently sitting about 350 km off Brisbane at the moment bringing fairly dangerous coastal conditions over the last 24 hours and into tomorrow,” BoM Meteorologist Harry Clarke said.

“The main threat will be those dangerous coastal conditions both today and tomorrow and through the rest of the week.”

A house on Stradroke island has been affected by significant erosion due to fierce tides. (Nine)
Abnormally high tides and dangerous surf are expected to continue in the coming days. (Nine)

On Stradbroke island, off the coast of Brisbane, a house has been dangerously impacted by erosion caused by the tides, and the BoM has recorded waves of up to eight metres.

On the Gold Coast, in Currumbin, abnormally high tides have been seen encroaching on coastal communities, washing away a shipping container on the shore.

Enormous tides in Currumbin, on the Gold Coast, washed away a shipping container. Credit: @Issydphoto (Issydphoto)

The BoM warned extreme tides would continue over the next two days, and subside towards the end of the week.

Dangerous tides, catastrophic surf and gale force winds are headed for the south-east over the next two days. (Nine)
Swimmers have been urged to avoid the surf, with several New South Wales and Queensland beaches closed. (Nine)

Northern New South Wales will continue to experience similar conditions, dangerous surf and abnormally high tides.

Several beaches in both states were closed today, as Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk urged Queenslanders to avoid the water.

Dangerous surf conditions are expected to continue, as the tropical low caused by ex-cylone Seth crosses the coast this afternoon. (Nine)
Experienced surfers have been spotted chasing enormous waves, that are set to reach upwards of four metres. (Nine)

“The cyclone has been downgraded to a tropical low but we are seeing extremely rough weather from Hervey Bay to Coolangatta. Now is not the time to go in the surf,” she said.

“Beaches are closed. Please don’t put your lives at risk or the lives of lifeguards trying to get you out of the water. They are closed for a reason.”

Despite the warnings, several have been spotted in the water, with experienced surfers braving the conditions.

The Jetty Beach in Coffs Harbour has been closed after lifeguards performed two rescues at Arrawarra. (Coffs Harbour Lifeguards)
Ex-tropical cyclone Seth is moving closer to the coastline.
Ex-tropical cyclone Seth is moving closer to the coastline. (BoM)

Heat wave predicted for central Queensland

For Queenslanders in the central-east regions, an extreme heatwave is approaching, expected to break heat records in the coming days before cooling over the weekend.

Mr Clarke predicts temperatures around the state will be five to six degrees hotter than average, continuing into the week.

Cairns, Townsville and Rockhampton will be particularly impacted.

“Definitely a significant period of heat,” he said.

The heatwave is expected to last for three days.
The heatwave is expected to last for three days. (BoM)

“Keep an eye out for your vulnerable friends and family.”

Source: 9News

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