Issued 17th December 2018. A severe heatwave is forecast to impact the Western half of Queensland this week with temps up to 46C. Above image via BOM.
No rain, continued drought, dust storms and now the Western half of QLD is facing yet another very hot period.
TC Owen has failed to deliver any relief to Inland QLD over the past week due to dry Southerly Winds wrapping around the back of the system.
A low pressure trough with dry hot North West winds is developing across the far West on Monday which will hang around for most of the week.
Widespread maximum temperatures into the mid 40’s are forecast with Birdsville expecting 46C. Initially the heat will be confined to areas West of Goondiwindi , Emerald, to Georgetown but this will spread further East into the South East and Central inland on Friday.
Mt Isa, Cloncurry, Richmond, Winton, Longreach, Boulia, Blackall and Windorah are all forecast to get 5 days or more straight above 40C. Charleville, Birdsville, Thargomindah, Quilpie and Cunnamulla about 4 days over 40C. Minimums will also be very very warm.
In the South East on Friday Ipswich and Gatton are looking at 40C temperatures with slightly cooler conditions along the coast.
A cooler change moves through the South West on Thursday and across the South East on Saturday but no relief further North until about Sunday. Below image showing max temps on Wednesday via BSCH.