THE end of the severe heatwave baking southeast Queensland appears to be in sight, with much cooler daytime temperatures forecast on the Gold Coast from Wednesday.
Locals and tourists woke up sweltering under a blanket of smoke on Sunday, as strong northerly winds fanned smoke over the city from a bushfire on North Stradbroke Island.
It’s been a rather hot start to summer, with temperatures on the first two days of the season soaring above 30 degrees.
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The mercury soared to 32C at the Gold Coast Seaway by 11am on Sunday, just shy of Surfers Paradise’s forecast maximum of 33C. It was expected to reach 35C in Nerang and Coomera.
Today’s strong winds combined with the extreme heat has elevated the bushfire risk even further in many parts of the already fire-ravaged state.
Here on the Gold Coast, the tourist city is experiencing another day of severe fire weather, with blustery winds and smoky skies painting an eerie picture.
A local fire ban is in place and is expected to remain current until at least midnight tonight (11.59pm Sunday).
Conditions are expected to ease slightly on the Coast tomorrow (Monday), with more bearable tops of 29-30C expected.
It’ll be significantly cooler again on Wednesday, however, as a long-awaited southerly wind change settles in.
Maximum temperatures of just 25C are forecast right across the Coast on Wednesday, followed by 26C on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Unfortunately, though, the cooler conditions are not likely to bring any rain to the region, with no significant rainfall on the horizon.
Fire-ravaged areas in Central and Far North Queensland are expected to endure severe-to-extreme heatwave conditions until at least Tuesday.