Queenslanders to swelter through ‘above average’ temperatures

Air conditioners and fans will be pumping this week, with temperatures expected to soar across much of the state.

The Bureau of Meteorology said Queenslanders are likely to swelter through “unseasonably hot temperatures” over the next few days.

Thursday is expected to be the hottest, with maximum temperatures forecast across the South East between 5 and 8 degrees above average.


According to the weather bureau, Ipswich and Gatton are both tipped to hit 38C, while 37C is predicted for Rockhampton.

Brisbane and Toowoomba are in for a top of 33C, while on the Gold Coast the mercury is also tipped to soar to 33C across parts of the city, including Coomera and Nerang.

It will be even hotter inland, with 42C forecast for Mount Isa, 41C for Longreach and 39C for Emerald, Roma and Charters Towers.

Meteorologist James Thompson said a fire weather warning has been issued for parts of the Maranoa and Warrego, Central Highlands and Coalfields and Darling Downs, with locally extreme fire danger ratings possible.

“Raised dust is also possible with hot, dry and gusty winds forecast for western Queensland,” Mr Thompson said.

A change is set to move through the region late Thursday, with gusty thunderstorms likely to lash parts of southeast Queensland.

“A broader region of showers and thunderstorms is forecast for parts of eastern and central Queensland over the weekend, with isolated totals in excess of 50mm possible,” the weather bureau said.

It comes just days after a wild hailstorm lashed the South East, causing almost $200 million worth of damage.