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Severe to extreme heat wave conditions forecast for QLD

Three day heatwave map
Three day heatwave map

THE BUREAU of Meteorolgy has issued a warning for severe to extreme heatwave conditions across large parts of inland Queensland over the next week. 

Temperatures are expected to range between five to eight degrees above the long-term average for this time of year. 

Bureau of Meteorology Regional Weather Services Manager, Dr Richard Wardle, said temperatures ranging between the mid-30s and low 40s were likely.

"Above average temperatures are being caused by a slow-moving surface trough resulting in hot air for much of the state," Dr Wardle said. 

"Heatwave conditions are forecast to begin in the south today and tomorrow, before shifting northwards over the weekend and reaching the northwest of the state by Tuesday (January 26).

"Inland areas are expected to experience above average daytime temperatures as a result of this hot air with coastal areas generally cooler as a result of afternoon sea breezes. Daytime temperatures are still expected to be above average. "

From today until tomorrow, low intensity heatwave conditions extend from the Cape York Peninsula through to eastern NSW and are severe for parts of the northeast of NSW and inland Queensland. 

Tomorrow and into the weekend, the heatwave is expected to reach severe to extreme levels over the northern and central interior of Queensland. 

The Bureau now provides a Heatwave Service in addition to the temperature forecast, which provides a measure of the intensity of a heatwave, compared to the long-term climate average.

Mr John Nairn said the Heatwave Service allows the Bureau to inform the community of the severity of a heatwave, and is able to map the level of intensity of each heatwave event.

"The current event shows large areas of Australia will reach severe heatwave conditions, a more advanced indicator than temperature alone in anticipating the impact of heat stress," said Mr Nairn.

Severe and extreme heatwaves pose significant risks to human health and safety, particularly the elderly, who are more vulnerable to the effects of heat stress.

When temperatures are unusually hot over a period of time, with continuously high night-time and day-time temperatures, heat stress becomes a critical factor in human survival and infrastructure resilience.
 

WEEKEND FORECAST

For Friday, Saturday and Sunday

  • Rockhampton - 36, 38, 37
  • Emerald - 37, 40, 39
  • Blackwater - 38, 40, 39
  • Biloela - 38, 39, 37
  • Blackall - 39, 41, 37
  • Longreach - 40, 42, 39
  • Gympie - 36, 38, 32

Topics:  editors picks, heat wave, queensland weather



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