Hot weather is on the way for Mackay this week.
Hot weather is on the way for Mackay this week.

Scorching temperatures predicted as heatwave sears region

BRACE yourself for some hot, humid weather.

A heatwave is searing through the region and Mackay can expect temperatures well above average for the month of January.

A three-day heatwave assessment released on Sunday shows the Central Highlands, inland from Mackay, in the Severe Heatwave category.

Above average temperatures are predicted for the Mackay region this week.
Above average temperatures are predicted for the Mackay region this week.

Along the coast, some cooler sea breeze has spared Mackay from the intense heat, but temperatures are still expected to soar over the next few days.

BOM meteorologist Kimba Wong said temperatures would reach 33 degrees in Mackay today but it would feel like 35.

In Moranbah temperatures would reach about 39 degrees.

This is well above the January average of 30.2 degrees in Mackay and 33.8 degrees in Moranbah.

“The coastal fringe has managed to avoid the worst of the heat but the further inland you go the hotter days and nights you can expect,” Ms Wong said.

“Central Queensland has been experiencing a low intensity heatwave, which is expected to ramp up today and tomorrow.”

Ms Wong said the hot temperatures and humid conditions could be a good recipe for storms later in the week.

She said there was significant moisture coming in from the ocean, paired with northerly winds.

“We could see the chance of some storms inland through the central highlands over the next few days,” Ms Wong said.

Temperatures are expected to ease off later in the week and return to average on Sunday.

Until then, you may want to stay indoors or cover up when outside.

An Extreme UV rating is predicted Monday through to Thursday.

Temperatures in Mackay are forecast to reach 33 degrees Tuesday to Thursday and 32 degrees Friday to Sunday.



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