A burst of stifling heat is expected to grip South East QLD across the weekend and into Monday with humidity playing a role too! Above image Maximums via OCF / BSCH for Sunday.
During Saturday, a surface trough is expected to become positioned across areas East of the Ranges through the South East Coast and Wide Bay. This will allow hot, dry Westerly winds to combine with a somewhat warm air mass overhead to produce well above average temperatures across large parts of Southern Inland QLD and Interior parts of the South East Coast (Ipswich, Gatton, Boonah, Warwick, Toowoomba, Kingaroy, Kilcoy, Gayndah, Gympie etc). Across Coastal areas, its expected to be slightly cooler but the flip side will be that the increased humidity will make it feel just as bad.
During Sunday, conditions are expected to worsen greatly with the trough becoming positioned very close to the Coast across the South East and Wide Bay. This will direct hot and dry West to North West winds across the entire South East of QLD and lead to temperatures pushing into the 40’s across Inland parts of the South East Coast and Wide Bay with maximums into the mid to high 30’s closer to the Coast. Maximums well into the 40’s are possible over Southern Inland QLD.
During Monday, a cool change is expected to move through and this will likely spark some storms, however the temperature is expected to scorch very early with some areas pushing into the high 30’s before 10am over the South East Coast, and most areas pushing into the mid 30’s with revolting humidity playing a role to make it feel 4-6ºc hotter than what it actually is, especially within 50km of the Coast.
While this isn’t a heatwave, and its not expected to challenge any December records, it will certainly be uncomfortable for many and its still a reminder that pets, animals, the elderly, pregnant women, children and those who suffer from heat stress very easily may be impacted very easily. So please look after them, drink plenty of water and be smart about what youre doing during the peak heating of the day. There is likely going to be elevated fire dangers as well, so please be mindful of this.