Sweltering heat, dust haze for southeast
SWELTERING heat is set to continue in southeast Queensland today after record-breaking maximum temperatures in Brisbane. A dust haze is also on the cards.
With a maximum temperature of 36C expected today it could be Brisbane's record 35th day at high temperatures at or above 30C.
It was already 26.6C in the city at 7am. Little reprieve is expected throughout the day, with just a 20 per cent chance of showers.
The hottest expected temperatures for the state are 43C in Emerald and Rolleston, followed by 42C in Biloela, Gayndah, Blackall and several parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields region.
For the southeast corner the hottest places today are expected to be Beaudesert, Boonah and Gatton, which are all expecting a top of 41C, followed by Ipswich, Laidley and Esk with a maximum of 40C.
It will be cooler towards the coasts, with 33C to 35C forecast for the Sunshine Coast's coastline and about 35C expected in the adjacent hinterland area. It was 24.6C by 7am on the Sunshine Coast today.
The Gold Coast is headed for a top of 33C today.
Much of Queensland's coastal region is experiencing heatwave conditions, with low-intensity heatwave conditions in southeast and central Queensland as well as part of the state's north, and severe heatwave conditions in parts of central and north Queensland.
A Bureau of Meteorology spokesperson said today should be the peak of the heatwave and temperatures should cool to moderate heat tomorrow with around 29C or 30C along the coast and low 30s across the region.
Tomorrow, Brisbane can expect a maximum of 32C, with cloud cover and a 60 per cent likelihood of showers delivering up to 8mm in the afternoon.
Looking further ahead, Brisbane is expecting a top of 30C Friday and Saturday, with possible showers both days.
After the weekend the mercury will rise again with maximum temperatures of 31C, 32C and 34C on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday next week.
The BoM spokesman said southeast Queenslanders could also expect a dust haze in the area today.
"It won't be as thick as a dust storm but some dust haze will be obvious later today and tomorrow," he said.
Visibility dropped down to two kilometres in outback Queensland and that dust is pushing towards the southeast corner, however, that lack of visibility is not expected to continue as the dust moves towards the southeast.
In terms of rainfall, the BoM spokesman said the Brisbane region only saw about five millimetres of rain overnight after storms and rainfall was forecast for yesterday afternoon.
"Most of the storm activity was on the Sunshine Coast hinterland, with some of that rain reaching the coast, there was up to 76mm at Cooroy which was the highest amount of rainfall," he said.
"There are possible showers for tomorrow morning and afternoon for most of southeast Queensland, with more cloud cover helping things get cooler, but not everywhere will get a shower,"
The best chance for rainfall is across coastal areas in the morning.
Meanwhile fire warnings have been issued for the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Maranoa and Warrego, Darling Downs and the Granite Belt with hot and dry conditions with west to southwesterly winds causing severe to extreme fire dangers in some areas. Flood warnings remain for several parts of the state's north including major flood warnings for the Flinders River.