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