Mackay to miss out on the heat

Daily Mercury - - NEWS - - Caitlan Charles

FOR once, the Mackay re­gion and Queens­land trop­i­cal north might be cooler than most of the coun­try.

With a heat­wave fore­cast for all states un­til Sun­day, the east coast of Queens­land will mostly miss out on the lin­ger­ing hot weather.

In parts of Vic­to­ria, South Aus­tralia and NSW, tem­per­a­tures are ex­pected to ex­ceed 45C.

How­ever, in Mackay, tem­per­a­tures are ex­pected to reach a top of 31C each day un­til the week­end.

Tem­per­a­tures will drop to a min­i­mum of 24C.

There is a chance of a morn­ing shower to­day.

Ac­cord­ing to Sky News me­te­o­rol­o­gist Rob Sharpe, there has been an se­vere-to-ex­treme heat­wave oc­cur­ring in the south­east in­te­rior for a few days al­ready, and is now spread­ing to Ade­laide, in­land Vic­to­ria and all of NSW.

“This is get­ting into very hot ter­ri­tory and that heat just lingers,” he said.

The heat­wave will con­tinue to make its way north un­til Sun­day, but never quite mak­ing it to the Mackay re­gion.

The Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy is con­cerned about UV rat­ings, putting out an ex­treme warn­ing for the Mackay re­gion with the in­dex pre­dicted to reach as high as 16.

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