CQ to get steamy on weekend with high temps

WE'RE feeling hot, hot, hot.

Emerald and parts of Central Queensland will feel even hotter going into the weekend and early next week, as the Bureau of Meteorology predicts the centre of the sunshine state to hit 39 degrees.

Temperatures are forecast to steadily rise tomorrow with tops of 34 over the weekend and 35 on Monday throughout Capricornia.

"Emerald is going to get quite hot, 36 degrees today, 37 on Saturday and 38 on Sunday," BOM spokesperson Jess Carey said.

Mr Carey said Capricornia residents should expect an intense dry heat over the usual tropical humidity due to a hot air mass moving across from inland and desert parts of the country.

"It will still be hot but not humid, which could be a saving grace," he said.

"It's not tropical but a hot, dry, inland desert heat."

But with highs historically stubborn, the region shouldn't be expecting dramatic relief any time soon.

"We do have a south easterly change moving into south east Queensland which would provide a little bit of relief on Sunday and Monday," Mr Carey said.

"But it probably isn't going to impact Rockhampton. "With any possible showers on Monday we could see temperatures go from 38 to 37, so not exactly a dramatic decrease."

CQ's heat wave:

Emerald: top of 39 degrees on Wednesday

Rockhampton: top of 35 degree on Tuesday

Yeppoon: top of 29 degrees on Monday

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