It seems the Gold Coast is experiencing a heatwave this weekend, with temps expected to hit up to 40 degrees in some parts.
Nerang will be the hottest area, expected to reach a scorching 41 degrees on Saturday, making Coolangatta’s top of 32 seem almost cool.
Dean Narramore from the Bureau says the whole of south-east Queensland will be affected.
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“We have this pool of hot air across much of central Australia and it’s been there for quite a few weeks,” said Narramore.
“We’ve got a trough moving through central parts of Australia at the moment and the head of that trough is really fresh and hot north westerly winds and as that trough is dragging that air across south eastern Queensland, hence the very hot day for the region.”
But Narramore says the heat won’t last too long.
“Luckily we’ll get a bit of a weak south-easterly change on Sunday night so temperatures should drop by about 10 or so degrees for most locations inland and about five or eight degrees on the coast,” he said.
The warm weather also means a busy weekend for our lifesavers.
Gold Coast Lifesaving Services Coordinator Nathan Fife says there are already crowds of people at Surfers Paradise beach.
“We’re expecting a fair few people on the beaches with the warm weather,” he said.
Fife has asked for people to remember to swim between the red and yellow flags and put their safety first.