Southern Inland QLD is about to experience a blast of extreme heat. A heat trough is forecast to become firmly established over Northern Inland NSW and South-West QLD over the Wednesday and drift very slowly towards the East across Thursday and Friday. This heat trough is expected to produce stifling (extreme heatwave) conditions across Northern NSW, but more specifically (for this blog) Southern Inland and South-West QLD.

BOM Heatwave Pilot showing Extreme Heatwave conditions for Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

BOM Heatwave Pilot showing Extreme Heatwave conditions for Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

 

On Wednesday, areas South of Boulia / Charleville and West of Goondiwindi are locked in for 40ºc+ with some areas likely to see 44-46ºc! This is likely to be followed by a stifling night across the region with minimums unlikely to drop below 30ºc in the far South-West of QLD.

 

Forecast maximums via OCF for QLD on Wednesday (January 11th)

Forecast maximums via OCF for QLD on Wednesday (January 11th)

 

Thursday, and temperatures are even hotter. Widespread maximums over Southern Inland, South-West and Central Inland QLD are likely to top more than 40ºc with areas in the South-West likely to see at least 45ºc if not hotter! This will be followed again by another night of relentless heat where Thargomindah may not drop below 35ºc (forecast for 34ºc minimum).

 

Forecast maximums via OCF for QLD on Thursday (January 12th)

Forecast maximums via OCF for QLD on Thursday (January 12th)

 

 

Friday… same area, same temperatures. Widespread 40ºc+ over Southern/Central Inland and South-West QLD with maximums nudging the mid 40’s again over South-West regions. Birdsville, Thargomindah, Cunnamulla, Ballera, Quilpie are all likely to see 44ºc (just to name a few), with some of these locations potentially reaching 45 or 46ºc again. Followed yet again by a mid-30ºc night where areas such as Thargomindah and that Far South-West corner are likely to stay above 35ºc for most of the night.

 

Forecast maximums via OCF for QLD on Friday (January 13th)

Forecast maximums via OCF for QLD on Friday (January 13th)

 

Saturday should be the last day of the relentless heat with maximums backing off to around 40-43ºc through Southern and South-West QLD, 37-40ºc over Central Inland. This is due to a trough moving through which is likely to generate some thunderstorm activity and also bring cooler winds in the wake of it.

 

Forecast maximums via OCF for QLD on Saturday (January 14th)

Forecast maximums via OCF for QLD on Saturday (January 14th)

 

While these kinds of temperatures aren’t foreign to these regions of Queensland. Their prolonged nature and consistency is uncommon in the grand scheme of things, thats why extreme heatwave criteria has been met. Its once again a reminder that during periods of prolonged uncommon heat that people be aware of the conditions and look after themselves.