No rain in sight as heat rises

Dalby Herald - - NEWS -

THERE is no respite in sight from the dry weather cur­rently grip­ping the West­ern Downs.

In fact, ris­ing tem­per­a­tures this week­end will only in­ten­sify the sit­u­a­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to a spokes­woman from the Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy, Dalby is in for a tor­rid few days.

“There is a hot air mass cur­rently sit­ting over central Aus­tralia and a trough mov­ing to­wards Dalby, so north-west­erly winds will drag heat across the re­gion,” the spokes­woman said.

To­mor­row is ex­pected to reach 34 de­grees, be­fore Sun­day climbs to 35 de­grees.

The spokes­woman said those tem­per­a­tures were sig­nif­i­cantly above av­er­age, and the hot weather would con­tinue well into next week.

“Septem­ber’s max­i­mum av­er­age tem­per­a­ture is usu­ally about 25 de­grees, but it will be up to 10 de­grees above that over the week­end and will con­tinue to linger in the 30s over Mon­day and Tues­day,” she said.

“Septem­ber’s min­i­mum av­er­age tem­per­a­ture is usu­ally nine de­grees, but over the next few days it will climb into the mid teens.”

The trough is a slow-mov­ing sys­tem, which is why the the tem­per­a­ture will be raised for a pro­longed time across south-west Queens­land.

The spokes­woman said there was no sig­nif­i­cant rain fore­cast in the next seven days, lead­ing to an el­e­vated bush­fire risk.

“Noth­ing sig­nif­i­cant is ex­pected in the next seven days. It will just be hot, dry and windy,’’ she said.

“Th­ese con­di­tions lead to el­e­vated fire dan­gers, with the fire dan­ger rat­ing likely to hit se­vere on Sun­day.”

The spokes­woman said there was a chance for a pos­si­ble shower to­day, but it would not bring much rain if it ar­rives.

PHOTO: FILE

DO­ING IT TOUGH: Ru­ral farm­ers are strug­gling with the lack of rain.

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