Temperatures are set to soar over this week.
Temperatures are set to soar over this week.

Region set to swelter as summer starts early

PARTS of the region are likely to reach close to a sweltering 40 degrees this week.

Mackay today is set to be sunny, with a maximum of 32°C, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

While clouds may creep over later in the week, temperatures will climb, with the maximum on Friday set to reach 34°C.

Moranbah is set to reach 36°C today, 37°C on Wednesday and 38°C on Friday, although storms should break by the weekend.

Proserpine should expect 34°C and sunny conditions today, and temperatures to rise to 36°C by Friday.

The warm, dry conditions has prompted the Rural Fire Service to remind landowners to adhere to fire permit conditions.

They also pointed out the conditions will also increase risks of bush fires.

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Meanwhile, Higgins Storm Chasing posted a warning on Facebook, saying "get ready to sweat Queensland as HOT conditions develop across the entire state all week!"

"After a mild October maximum temperatures are set to sky rocket over most of Queensland," they wrote.

"A stalled low pressure trough system through inland regions of the state will generate a constant hot airmass. There will be no let up from the heat for 5 to 7 days with some locations pushing the 40c mark! Very high fire dangers are also forecast for Central, Southern inland and South East districts."

Someone enjoying the perfect conditions in the region over the weekend was Airlie Beach pilot Nick Rorison, who has "bounced back with a Yak" following a terrifying emergency landing earlier this year.

In July an unknown problem with the propeller forced Mr Rorison to land his Tiger Moth at Funnel Bay beach.

He was hailed a hero after both he and his passenger walked away unharmed.


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Yesterday he was back in the skies in "perfect conditions" with his new Yakovlev model 52.

He'd had his eyes on the Russian-built plane "that can fly upside down as well as it does right way up" for a year, and finally purchased the aircraft from a Mackay owner in August.

"It ticks all the boxes. It's built to military standards, it's very capable of aerobatics."

And it's fast, making the trip from Airlie Beach to Bowen in less than 20 minutes.

Despite the pace, the seasoned pilot still managed to spot manta rays and turtles as he celebrated the perfect conditions on Sunday.

"You can see the diamond shapes they make in the water," he said.

"It was a sensational day at the office. Light winds, clear skies, a beautiful ocean and a beautiful area."

For more information, or to book a trip in the plane, see CQ Adventure Flights on Facebook.

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