Tem­per­a­tures rocket as heat­wave sweeps state

Gatton Star - - NEWS -

SOUTH­EAST Queens­land is on track to be far hot­ter than usual this week.

It comes af­ter the Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy up­graded its heat­wave fore­cast from se­vere to ex­treme.

Fore­caster Mark Trenor­den said tem­per­a­tures were ex­pected to reach al­most 10C above av­er­age.

Gat­ton, Esk and Lai­d­ley will see tops of 39C and Boonah 38C.

Thank­fully it’s a few de­grees cooler than the record high of 43.9C for Ip­swich from Novem­ber of 1968.

Mr Trenor­den said north­west­erly winds bring­ing warm air from Cen­tral and North­ern Queens­land were fu­elling the heat­wave.

The re­gion’s res­i­dents won’t be the only ones swel­ter­ing.

There will 44C tem­per­a­tures west of Lon­greach and in the St Ge­orge area to­day.

“For the south­east we will have to wait un­til Thurs­day be­fore we see tem­per­a­tures get­ting down to nor­mal for this time of year,” Mr Trenor­den said.

Gat­ton can ex­pect 28C to­mor­row– a drop of 10C from to­day’s high.

“Cloud cover creep­ing in to­mor­row is likely to mark the start of the cooler con­di­tions,” Mr Trenor­den said

“On Thurs­day there might be one or two drops of rain to come with that pleas­ant change.”

The bureau’s cli­mate out­look for Novem­ber to Jan­uary pre­dicts warmer con­di­tions across the en­tire state.

PHOTO: SCOTT POWICK

WARM­ING UP: A heat­wave has swept across the state, send­ing tem­per­a­tures soar­ing above av­er­age.

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