RESIDENTS have sweltered through a day of stifling heat on the Gold Coast, as a severe-to-extreme heatwave bakes much of the sunshine state.
The mercury soared to a top of 31.6 degrees at the official weather station located at the Gold Coast Seaway just after 1.30pm on Saturday.
But add to the mix hot northerly winds and high humidity, and it felt much hotter.
ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER THIS ADVERTISEMENT
According to Weatherzone, the apparent temperature – or ‘feels like’ temperature – was 37 degrees at the Seaway around 1.30pm.
The Bureau of Meteorology says the heatwave impacting the Coast is “severe”, while many other areas of the state are experiencing “extreme” conditions.
The Bureau has forecast another hot day on Monday, with temperatures on the beach in Surfers Paradise tipped to hit 36 degrees.
It’ll be a similar story on Tuesday as well (35), Wednesday too (34) – and Thursday (35) – before a slightly cooler change sweeps through the region.
Temperatures will climb even higher in suburbs away from the coast, particularly west of the M1, with Nerang and Coomera predicted to hit 37 on Wednesday.
The weather bureau says there’ll be a slight chance of an afternoon or evening thunderstorm on each of these days.
There is a little bit of relief in sight, however, with the weather bureau forecasting slightly cooler daytime temperatures of around 30 degrees from Friday.