GET set to sweat – an extreme heatwave is predicted to bake southern Queensland this weekend, marking the start of Summer.
The Bureau of Meteorology warns severe-to-extreme heatwave conditions are predicted to hit southern Queensland and parts of northern New South Wales for several days from Friday.
Temperatures will soar, with the mercury forecast to crack 40 degrees Celsius in some parts of Queensland.
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Beachside suburbs on the Gold Coast will be spared the worst of the heat, with daytime temperatures in Surfers Paradise forecast to remain at or above 30 degrees for six days.
However, residents in suburbs west of the M1 are tipped to swelter, with the mercury set to soar into the mid-30s at Nerang and Coomera, peaking at 36 degrees Celsius on Saturday.
It will be even hotter in the Lockyer Valley and in Brisbane’s west, where temperatures are expected to max out at 40 degrees in Gatton on Saturday, 38 in Ipswich.
The BOM says low-intensity conditions will extend through central and far north Queensland, northern New South Wales, and across the border into the Northern Territory and South Australia.