The track map for Cyclone Trevor with the intense low pressure system expected to move into the Gulf of Carpentaria.
The track map for Cyclone Trevor with the intense low pressure system expected to move into the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Temperatures set to soar as balmy autumn continues

TEMPERATURES up to four degrees above average are expected to continue through the next seven days as the Sunshine Coast's late end to summer continues.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Jess Gardner said an upper trough rotating off the coast line was pushing a surface trough to the east with its slightly dryer air mass bring temperature maximums up beyond 30C.

The steamy build up on Monday promised a heavy downpour from thunderstorms but produced little in the way of rainfall totals across the region.

Tewantin with 17mm and Pomona's 38mm were among the highest recorded while further north Wahpunga Lane east of Gympie received 51mm.

To the Sunshine Coast's south, Caboolture's Bribie Island Rd gauge also recorded 56mm.

Ms Gardner said not much rain was expected for the remainder of the seven-day forecast period except for Thursday when increased thunder storm activity may bring heavy hinterland falls that could extend across the coast.

There's been not much on offer for surfers as this shot at Alexandra Headland shows. But there may be a few beach break sliders on the morning high tide at exposed open beaches.
There's been not much on offer for surfers as this shot at Alexandra Headland shows. But there may be a few beach break sliders on the morning high tide at exposed open beaches. Warren Lynam

Surfers looking for an increase in wave activity although the period from a weak easterly swell was expected to push up to nine seconds on Thursday.

Today's morning high tide on Maroochydore beach of 2.05m at 6.47am would be exceeded tomorrow morning by a 2.1m mark at 7.33am before it dropped to 2.09m Thursday and then 2.01m on Friday.

Cyclone Trevor was expected to cross onto the North Queensland coast this afternoon as a Category 3 system just south of Lockhardt River at around 4pm.

Communities located between Orford Ness and Cape Flattery were being asked to finalise their preparations and be ready to take shelter.

Ms Gardner said at this point it was expected to track south westerly towards the Northern Territory and would offer no new threat to western Queensland farmers now just beginning to recover from widespread flooding a month ago.

She said a weakly-building sub tropical ridge would give Cyclone Trevor a south westerly direction with it far less likely to move back over land and into the north Coral Sea.

Today's temperature peak would hit 31C on a partly-cloudy and muggy day with the chance of showers and a possibly severe thunder storm. Winds otherwise would stay light.

Expect another muggy day tomorrow when temperatures would soar to 32C on a most-sunny day with winds developing from the west, north-west at 15-20km/h then shifting north east and then south east late in the afternoon.

Thursday would cool to a 30C maximum with light winds and the chance of showers on a partly-cloudy day.



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