A heatwave considered ‘uncomfortable’ is expected to hit parts of Queensland later this week with warm nights and hot days said to be on the way, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has warned.
The BOM has reported that temperatures could reach their peak 30s and low 40s for most parts of the central and southeast districts.
According to one meteorologist Jonathan How, maximum temperatures ranging between 6C and 12C above average during this time of the year have been forecast over the next couple of days. “Monday looking to be the peak heat day and that’s where we’ll see temperatures get up to the high 30s and even the low 40s for parts of the southeast and central districts of Queensland,” he noted.
“The worst of the heat will be centred around the Capricorn district but we will see above average temperatures stretch down to Brisbane and inland as well, as far west as places like Longreach and Birdsville.
“On Monday, in the western parts of Brisbane and along the coast to places like Gladstone and Bundaberg, we’ll see temperatures of 36C to 38C, but further inland we will see places like Rockhampton crack 40C.”
41 Degrees Celsius
Rockhampton is set to experience high temperatures of 41 degrees Celsius on Monday, with Ipswich expected to hit a high of 37 degrees and 34 degrees Celsius for Brisbane.
Mr How added that heatwave conditions being experienced in the Central and southeast parts of Australia were on their way to Queensland and would arrive in the next couple of days.
In conclusion, he noted that some areas might experience their hottest day since December 2019.
“It is summer so it’s not unusual for this time of year but it will be uncomfortable,” he said.
“On Tuesday, we will see showers and thunderstorms start to develop across coastal parts of Queensland, but it’s not until Wednesday that we start to see a little bit more relief with widespread thunderstorm activity but it will still remain quite hot until next weekend.”
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