RESIDENTS woke to sweltering temperatures on the Gold Coast on Sunday, as a blast of hot air baked southeast Queensland.
The mercury had already hit 31 degrees on the beach at 8.30am and, by 10.30, had surpassed the forecast maximum of 34.
It was even hotter inland, with the Bureau of Meteorology forecasting a hot top of 37 in Nerang and Coomera.
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However, a welcomed southerly wind change sent temperatures plummeting on the beach in the 30 minutes from 10.30 to 11am.
According to the weather bureau, the mercury dropped almost eight degrees in half-an-hour, from 34.4 to 26.8, at the Gold Coast Seaway.
The temperature has risen only slightly on the beach since, now sitting at a much more comfortable 27 degrees.
Unfortunately, residents living in the city’s inland suburbs, particularly those west of the M1, are not expected to feel the effects of the change until later this afternoon.
The cooler southerly winds are expected to keep daytime temperatures at or below 30 degrees for at least the next three days.
Forecast maximums of 28-30 degrees are forecast right across the coast, from the bush to the beach, until at least Wednesday.
To view the latest 7-day forecast for the Gold Coast, click here.