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15 02, 2018

TC Gita To Produce Large Swell For QLD And NSW

2018-06-14T16:12:40+10:00
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Posted 15th Feb 2018. Severe Tropical Cyclone Gita category 4 is located in the South West Pacific Ocean to the South West of Fiji. TC Gita is moving West and is forecast to generate Large and Hazardous swell along the South East QLD and NSW coasts over the weekend into early next week. Above image: Swell height and TC Gita via Windy. 

During the past week, there has been a number of public alarming, inacurate long range forecasts published in the media and on facebook about TC Gita. Lets get one thing very clear… TC Gita is NOT forecast by any global data to hit QLD or NSW!

Surfers rejoice beach goers be aware! TC Gita will produce an expected 2 to 3.5 meter large and hazardous Easterly swell along the Southern QLD coast and most of the NSW coast in coming days. Gita has and is expected to continue to have maximum wave heights up to 12 meters near its core.

TC Gita is forecast to slowly weaken from its category 4 status during the next 5 days. It is also forecast to take a long slow turning curve towards the South then later towards the South East. The system is expected to stay just to the East of Lord Howe Island but could impact New Zealand on Tuesday as an Extra Tropical Cyclone

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Board Riders and Boaties – The first notable swell from TC Gita is expected to arrive on Friday with waves up to 1.5 meters on a 12 second period. This swell will steadily increase during the weekend with waves between 2 and 2.5 meters on a 12 second period. Early on Monday peak wave heights of 3 to 3.5 meters are forecast on the Southern QLD and Northern NSW coasts at a 15 second period. During Monday the swell of 2 to 3 meters will spread further South along the remaining NSW coast. On Tuesday conditions will ease to around 1.5 meters. 

Beach Goers – please be aware of hazardous to dangerous beach conditions during the weekend and on Monday. Rough breaking waves are expected along with very strong rips. Some beaches may close due to the conditions. Swim between the flags ONLY and stay in the shallows. Below image: TC Gita forecast intensity and track map via JTWC. 
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TC Gita To Produce Large Swell For QLD And NSW2018-06-14T16:12:40+10:00
15 02, 2018

QLD heatwave day 5 15th Feb 2018

2018-06-14T16:12:40+10:00

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Posted 15th Feb 2018. The prolonged widespread severe to extreme heatwave is forecast to continue across a majority of Queensland on Thursday. This heatwave is forecast to last through until Saturday for Eastern districts while continuing until mid next week through the Western half of the state. Above image: Maximum temperatures via BSCH. 

Widespread scorching temperatures of 40 to 45C will continue across the North West, Central West, Central inland, Southern inland and parts of the South East. Along the very exposed coast (close to the beach) very warm and humid conditions of 32 to 35C are expected. For Eastern inland parts the temps will quickly go up to between 36 and 41C.

Thursdays statewide maximum forecast temperatures are as follows…

Southern QLD: Brisbane CBD 33C – Eastern suburbs 32C – Western suburbs 38C, Ipswich 38C, Sunshine Coast 33C, Nambour 35C, Gold Coast 32C, Nerang 35C, Coomera 35C, Gympie 38C, Maryborough 35C, Bundaberg 33C, Gatton 40C, Toowoomba 36C, Warwick 38C, Inglewood & Millmerran 39C, Stanthorpe 34C, Dalby 40C, Roma 41C, Charleville 41C, St George 41C, Goondiwindi 41C, Quilpie 42C, Birdsville 42C.

Central QLD: Gladstone 35C, Biloela 39C, Gayndah 40C, Rockhampton 39C, Mackay 35C, Moranbah 40C, Emerald 40C, Longreach 43C, Boulia 43C.

Northern QLD: Townsville 34C, Cairns 33C, Weipa 33C, Georgetown 37C, Charters Towers 39C, Richmond 43C, Cloncurry 44C, Mt Isa 42C, Burketown 36C.

A majority of these forecast maximums are between 6 and 11C above the long term February average for longer than 3 days constituting a heatwave. Overnight minimum temperatures well also be 4 to 9C above average especially through Southern and Central inland parts. Very hot, humid oppressive nights also expected along the coast. Longreach is only forecast to get down to 27C overnight on Thursday. 
Below image: BOM heatwave Thursday to Saturday.
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QLD heatwave day 5 15th Feb 20182018-06-14T16:12:40+10:00
14 02, 2018

QLD heatwave day 4 14th Feb 2018

2018-06-14T16:12:40+10:00

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Posted 14th Feb 2018. The prolonged widespread severe to extreme heatwave is forecast to continue across a majority of Queensland on Wednesday. This heatwave is forecast to last through until Saturday for Eastern districts while continuing through the Western half of the state. Above image: Maximum temperatures via BSCH. 

Widespread scorching temperatures of 40 to 45C will continue across the North West, Central West, Central inland, Southern inland and parts of the South East. Along the very exposed coast (close to the beach) very warm and humid conditions of 32 to 35C are expected. For Eastern inland parts the temps will quickly go up to between 36 and 41C.

Wednesdays statewide maximum forecast temperatures are as follows…

Southern QLD: Brisbane CBD 35C – Eastern suburbs 33C – Western suburbs 40C, Ipswich 40C, Sunshine Coast 34C, Nambour 36C, Gold Coast 33C, Nerang 37C, Coomera 37C, Gympie 38C, Maryborough 35C, Bundaberg 34C, Gatton 41C, Toowoomba 36C, Warwick 39C, Inglewood & Millmerran 38C, Stanthorpe 35C, Dalby 40C, Roma 41C, Charleville 42C, St George 41C, Goondiwindi 41C, Quilpie 42C, Birdsville 42C.

Central QLD: Gladstone 35C, Biloela 40C, Gayndah 40C, Rockhampton 39C, Mackay 34C, Moranbah 42C, Emerald 41C, Longreach 45C, Boulia 43C.

Northern QLD: Townsville 34C, Cairns 33C, Weipa 33C, Georgetown 37C, Charters Towers 39C, Richmond 42C, Cloncurry 43C, Mt Isa 41C, Burketown 36C.

A majority of these forecast maximums are between 6 and 11C above the long term February average. Overnight minimum temperatures well also be 4 to 9C above average especially through Southern and Central inland parts. Very hot, humid oppressive nights also expected along the coast. Longreach is only forecast to get down to 30C overnight on Wednesday. 
Below image: BOM heatwave Wednesday to Friday.

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QLD heatwave day 4 14th Feb 20182018-06-14T16:12:40+10:00
13 02, 2018

QLD heatwave day 3 13th Feb 2018

2018-06-14T16:12:40+10:00

[wp_ad_camp_2] Posted 13th Feb 2018. The prolonged widespread severe to extreme heatwave is forecast to continue across a majority of Queensland on Tuesday. This heatwave is forecast to last through until Saturday for Eastern districts while continuing through the Western half of the state. Above image: Maximum temperatures via BSCH. 

Widespread scorching temperatures of 40 to 45C will continue across the North West, Central West, Central inland, Southern inland and parts of the South East. Along the very exposed coast (close to the beach) very warm and humid conditions of 32 to 35C are expected. For Eastern inland parts the temps will quickly go up to between 36 and 41C.

Tuesdays statewide maximum forecast temperatures are as follows…

Southern QLD: Brisbane CBD 35C – Eastern suburbs 32C – Western suburbs 37C, Ipswich 37C, Sunshine Coast 33C, Nambour 34C, Gold Coast 32C, Nerang 35C, Coomera 35C, Gympie 37C, Maryborough 35C, Bundaberg 33C, Gatton 39C, Toowoomba 35C, Warwick 37C, Inglewood & Millmerran 37C, Stanthorpe 33C, Dalby 40C, Roma 42C, Charleville 43C, St George 41C, Goondiwindi 40C, Quilpie 44C, Birdsville 44C.

Central QLD: Gladstone 33C, Biloela 41C, Gayndah 40C, Rockhampton 39C, Mackay 34C, Moranbah 43C, Emerald 43C, Longreach 45C, Boulia 45C.

Northern QLD: Townsville 34C, Cairns 33C, Weipa 33C, Georgetown 38C, Charters Towers 40C, Richmond 42C, Cloncurry 44C, Mt Isa 42C, Burketown 36C.

A majority of these forecast maximums are between 6 and 11C above the long term February average. Overnight minimum temperatures well also be 4 to 9C above average especially through Southern and Central inland parts. Very hot, humid oppressive nights also expected along the coast. Longreach is only forecast to get down to 29C overnight on Tuesday. 
Below image: BOM heatwave Tuesday to Thursday.

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11 02, 2018

QLD heatwave day 2 12th Feb 2018

2018-06-14T16:12:40+10:00

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Posted 11th Feb 2018. The prolonged widespread severe to extreme heatwave is forecast to continue across a majority of Queensland on Monday. This heatwave is forecast to last through until Friday. Above image: Maximum temperatures via BSCH. 

Widespread scorching temperatures of 40 to 45C will develop across the North West, Central West, Central inland, Southern inland and parts of the South East. Along the very exposed coast (close to the beach) very warm and humid conditions of 32 to 35C are expected. For Eastern inland parts the temps will quickly go up to between 36 and 41C.

Mondays statewide maximum forecast temperatures are as follows…

Southern QLD: Brisbane CBD 35C – Eastern suburbs 33C – Western suburbs 38C, Ipswich 38C, Sunshine Coast 34C, Nambour 36C, Gold Coast 33C, Nerang 35C, Coomera 35C, Gympie 38C, Maryborough 35C, Bundaberg 34C, Gatton 41C, Toowoomba 36C, Warwick 38C, Inglewood & Millmerran 40C, Stanthorpe 34C, Dalby 40C, Roma 43C, Charleville 44C, St George 42C, Goondiwindi 42C, Quilpie 45C, Birdsville 45C.

Central QLD: Gladstone 35C, Biloela 41C, Gayndah 41C, Rockhampton 41C, Mackay 36C, Moranbah 42C, Emerald 43C, Longreach 44C, Boulia 44C.

Northern QLD: Townsville 33C, Cairns 32C, Weipa 33C, Georgetown 38C, Charters Towers 39C, Richmond 42C, Cloncurry 44C, Mt Isa 43C, Burketown 36C.

A majority of these forecast maximums are between 6 and 11C above the long term February average. Overnight minimum temperatures well also be 4 to 9C above average especially through Southern and Central inland parts. Longreach is only forecast to get down to 29C overnight Monday into early Tuesday morning. 
Below image: BOM heatwave Monday to Wednesday. 
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9 02, 2018

QLD heatwave day 1 forecast 11th Feb 2018

2018-06-14T16:12:41+10:00

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Updated 10th Feb 2018. The prolonged widespread severe to extreme heatwave is forecast to begin across a majority of Queensland on Sunday. This heatwave is forecast to last through until Friday. Above image: Maximum temperatures via BSCH. 

Widespread scorching temperatures of 40 to 45C will develop across the North West, Central West, Central inland, Southern inland and parts of the South East. Along the very exposed coast (close to the beach) very warm and humid conditions of 32 to 35C are expected. For Eastern inland parts the temps will quickly go up to between 36 and 41C.

Sundays statewide maximum forecast temperatures are as follows…

Southern QLD: Brisbane CBD 37C – Eastern suburbs 34C – Western suburbs 38C, Ipswich 39C, Sunshine Coast 34C, Nambour 37C, Gold Coast 36C, Nerang 38C, Coomera 38C, Gympie 39C, Maryborough 36C, Bundaberg 34C, Gatton 41.5C, Toowoomba 37.5C, Warwick 39C, Inglewood & Millmerran 41C, Stanthorpe 35C, Dalby 41C, Roma 42C, Charleville 42C, St George 42C, Goondiwindi 42C, Quilpie 44C, Birdsville 45.5C.

Central QLD: Gladstone 36C, Biloela 40C, Gayndah 41C, Rockhampton 39C, Mackay 34C, Moranbah 39C, Emerald 40C, Longreach 42C, Boulia 43C.

Northern QLD: Townsville 35C, Cairns 32C, Weipa 33C, Georgetown 36C, Charters Towers 36C, Richmond 41C, Cloncurry 42C, Mt Isa 41C, Burketown 36C.

A majority of these forecast maximums are between 6 and 11C above the long term February average. Overnight minimum temperatures well also be 4 to 9C above average especially through Southern and Central inland parts. Longreach is only forecast to get down to 27C overnight Sunday into early Monday morning. 

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9 02, 2018

Gatton & Lockyer Valley Severe Heatwave Starts Tomorrow

2018-06-14T16:12:41+10:00
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Posted Friday 9th Feb 2018. A 6 day severe heatwave with temperatures over 40C will start a day earlier than the rest of QLD for people living in the Lockyer Valley. Saturdays maximum forecast for Gatton is a very hot 39C. Above image via BSCH. 

The severe heatwave will really turn up heat on Sunday with tops of 41C expected and we may even see some places hit 43C through the Valley. The mercury is expected to reach 40C or over everyday in Gatton until at least next Friday. 

It won’t take long to heat up each morning either with 30C expected to be passed by 9am. Overnight temperatures will remain uncomfortable only getting down to 23C with over 80% humidity. 

There is a chance of some very isolated storms each afternoon though the low levels of the atmosphere are very dry so don’t expect much in the way of usefull rainfall. Thursday the moisture increases for better storm activity so we will have to wait and see what happens leading up to then. 

Be sure to keep well hydrated and check on the elderly everyday. Leave additional water and shade out for pets and wildlife. 

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8 02, 2018

Statewide Severe To Extreme Heatwave to Hit QLD

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Posted 8th Feb 2018. The most prolonged and widespread heatwave of this Summer is forecast to hit QLD for a week straight with maximum temperatures up to 45C. Above image: Extreme Weather Index via Weatherdotus.

Starting this Sunday, temperatures will sky rocket across all of Queensland. The Northern inland, Central Coast and South East are heading for maximum temperatures of 35 to 40C. Through the Central West, West, and Southern inland maximum temperatures will be between 40 to 45C.

So what it is Summer and it gets hot right? This heatwave is forecast to produce well above average temperatures across most of the state for 6 days straight… not just for 1 or 2 days. This is why it is so significant!

From this Monday through until next Friday global forecast data indicates the very hot conditions will spread right across the whole state and be maintained.

East Coastal districts are expecting max temps of 35 to 40C for the week. All inland areas have forecast maximums between 40 to 45C for the week. 

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For a majority of locations across the state we are not expecting daily maximum temperature records to be broken… this is more a case of very hot conditions over a wide area for an extended period of time with little or no rainfall.

Make sure you please take these forecasts into serious consideration by keeping well hydrated and limiting outside activities during the hottest part of the day. Also regularly check on the elderly and offer your pets and wildlife both shade and ample water. 

Our HSC detailed QLD state maximum forecast temperature maps have been issued for next week. You can access these maps by clicking here! 

Below image: Heatwave forecast map via BOM.

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Statewide Severe To Extreme Heatwave to Hit QLD2018-06-14T16:12:41+10:00
7 02, 2018

Queensland It Is About To Get Very Hot Again!

2018-06-14T16:12:45+10:00

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Posted 7th Feb 2018. After a week of much cooler conditions, Summer is about to come back and hit large parts of Queensland with relentless temperatures over 40C. Above image via BSCH. 

A broad area of low pressure will develop over Southern QLD during the weekend with hot dry South West winds. Large parts of Central, Southern and South East QLD will see temperatures rise rapidly with 35C forecast on the coast and up to 44C inland on Sunday.

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During Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, the low pressure region will expand in size to cover 3/4’s of the state South from Townsville. As a result, temperatures will continue to rise with most locations across the North West, Central, Southern and South East expected to see maximum temperatures between 38 and 44C across the 3 days.

There is the chance of some afternoon storm activity with some severe cells across the South East Coast from Monday onwards. 

Only people in locations along the very exposed coastline (within 10km) will escape the very hot conditions, though it will still be very warm and humid. 

Detailed HSC forecasts and maps available here! 

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Queensland It Is About To Get Very Hot Again!2018-06-14T16:12:45+10:00
2 02, 2018

Widespread Rain For QLD Next 4 Days

2018-06-14T16:12:45+10:00

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Posted Friday 2nd February 2018. Finally after a long hot dry spell some decent widespread rain is forecast across most of Queensland. Above image: Tropical Tidbits. 

Southern, Central and Northern parts of the state look set to receive widespread falls of 25 to 50mm. Some locations through Central and Northern districts could even get 50 to 100mm. 

An inland surface low and upper trough combination will slowly move North across the state during the weekend. A very moist Easterly wind flow feeding into the system will produce anything from scattered showers and rain areas to thunderstorms with heavy rain. 

Unfortunately the far South West is likely to miss out on the activity. 

Temperatures across Southern and Central parts will be below average due to the winds and cloud cover which will bring some temporary relief from the recent hot and humid conditions through January. 

Conditions will gradually return to fine sunny warmer weather across most of the state early next week, apart from the Peninsula which will see ongoing showers and storms. Click here to subscribe to HSC for detailed rainfall and storm maps.

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