Townsville Bulletin

Heatwave takes hold in the state


“HARSH” heatwave conditions gripped large parts of Queensland on Sunday with temperatur­es over 40C in parts of the state’s northwest.

It is expected to stay hot on Monday with temperatur­es reaching 39C in Charters Towers, and 38C in Hughenden.

Northerly winds have brought warm weather to the entire state, the Bureau of Meteorolog­y’s Felim Hanniffy said. The hottest places in Queensland are the northwest communitie­s of Julia Creek, Mount Isa and The Monument, which were sitting at 40.1C at 1.40pm Sunday, while Gatton at 31.4C the southeast’s hottest location.

“Temperatur­es are generally pretty warm, even harsh particular­ly across northern areas,” Mr Hanniffy said.

“They’re generally above average for this time of year.”

Mr Hanniffy said heatwave conditions would continue across Queensland’s northwest over coming days.

“We are looking at the first real bit of heat of the season of these warmer months.”

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