JORDYN Watson and her friends were desperate to cool down today as temperatures reached a sweltering 37.9 degrees in Rockhampton.

Jordyn and her friends from The Cathedral College decided to take the bus down to Yeppoon to cool off, and were pretty happy with their decision.

"We came down on the bus this morning and we went and got some ice cream first, and then we came down here and we have been swimming at the beach," she said.

"We are just enjoying it. It has been so hot the past few days so we have been wanting to get out of the house because we finished school the other day."

And it certainly has been a hot week for the region so far, but we might have seen the worst of it for now.

Jess Carey from the Australia Bureau of Meteorology said temperatures would be dropping over the rest of the week; but not by much.

"The take home message is it will be bit cooler, but still above average," he said.

"Temperatures in the early 30s would be the average for this time of the year for the Capricornia region and we are certainly looking at some above-average temps now.

"And we are nearly in summer, so in four days' time there will be a new average."

Jess said there would be some cloud cover the next few days to help reduce the heat, but nothing that would provide any significant rain.

"(The heat) is exacerbated by the new El Niño climate pattern. We know that in the past, the stronger they are the more intense they are; and this is the strongest in 15 or 20 years," he said.

"El Niño usually peaks around Christmas time so there is every chance these conditions will hang around until Christmas time at least."
 
 



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