AIR CONDITIONERS will be pumping across the Gold Coast this week, as the city swelters through an Autumn heat wave.
Temperatures are forecast to reach the mid-30s today and tomorrow, before dipping slightly to the low-30s mid-week.
According to the Bureau of Meteorology, the mercury in both Coomera and Nerang will rise to 35 degrees, while in Surfers Paradise the forecast top temperature is 32.
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Combined with the humidity, the ‘feels like’ temperature will be a few degrees warmer.
We could also see a thunderstorm sweep across the region late this afternoon.
Residents in south-east Queensland are bracing for scorching temperatures and high humidity as an Autumn heatwave rolls into the region. pic.twitter.com/bsOeFYw4es
— Sunrise (@sunriseon7) March 10, 2019
The entire south east will experience un-seasonal conditions, with the temperature predicted to rise to ten-degrees above-average across Brisbane and Ipswich.
A heatwave warning is in place with Brisbane set to reach 36 degrees today, while neighbouring Ipswich is expected to hit 39 degrees.
The south east has been issued a very high fire danger warning, while regions to the west are on severe alert.
It’s looking HOT, HOT, HOT with some parts of the state experiencing a higher Fire Danger Rating.
The Maranoa and Warrego regions and the Darling Downs and Granite Belt are experiencing a SEVERE FDR today.
Report all bushfires to Triple Zero (000) as soon as you spot them. pic.twitter.com/tyLVOLCpZI
— Qld Fire & Emergency (@QldFES) March 10, 2019