THE Gold Coast is sweltering through the last of a scorching heatwave, with inland suburbs soaring to 40C.
Suburbs away from the Coast, including Worongary, Nerang, Carrara, Ashmore, Coomera, and Pacific Pines have sizzled through two consecutive days of above 40c temperatures – see the pictures below.
There were widespread reports of 41C at Nerang and Coomera on Saturday, followed by similar – if not warmer – temperatures today.
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So far those closer to the coast have been spared by a slight sea breeze, with Surfers Paradise only topping 27.9C at 10.00am Sunday, despite a record-breaking forecast of 36C.
It was hotter in the beachside suburb on Saturday, when the temperature peaked at 31C by 9.30am.
Elsewhere across the southeast, the heatwave has smashed records.
At 4pm today, Brisbane hit a staggering 38.5C which is the highest November temperature recorded since 1968 when the mercury rose to 40.8C.
At Amberley southwest of Brisbane, records were broken when the mercury soared to 43C on Saturday, breaking the 1944 record of 42.1C.
A Fire Weather Warning for Extreme Fire Danger is in place for the Gold Coast coinciding with the extreme heat, warning fires may become unpredictable, uncontrollable and fast-moving.
A local fire ban has also been imposed across the city.
There is some relief on the way, with daytime temperatures set to drop by 10C tomorrow. They’re expected to remain between 27-30C across the coast for the majority of the working week.
TOP PICTURE: Bianca Stone @ Carrara