Much of Southern and Central Inland QLD are expected to end the 2016 calendar year with a hot spell, but the focus is forecast to be over the North-East NSW and South-East QLD districts where EXTREME heatwave conditions are LIKELY.
A very warm airmass is forecast to move over the region on the 29th of December with very warm and humid North-East winds expected to feed into the region. The combination of these 2 ingredients is expected to produce well above average temperatures. As the days progress this heat is expected to be amplified even more, with some regions expected to nudge the 40ºc mark.
The criteria for a heatwave is 3 consecutive days of 4ºc or more above average. For most “warmer” regions. Most regions across this period are expected to see at least 3 days of 5-6ºc above average, and some areas up to 10ºc above average marking this as an EXTREME Heatwave.
The hottest days are forecast to be New Years Eve and New Years Day where temperatures are expected to nudge 40ºc through inland parts of both South-East QLD and North-East NSW. Coastal areas should climb into the mid 30’s also, with Brisbane going for potentially 35ºc both days and Ipswich up to 38ºc both days. There will be very little reprieve from the heat as overnight minimums struggle to drop into the mid 20’s. Humidity will also make things feel a whole lot hotter, with bayside regions sitting on 50-70% and inland regions sitting on 30-50%. This will make conditions feel up to 5ºc hotter for some.
This is a reminder to be mindful under heatwave conditions. Drink plenty of WATER, wear light clothes, avoid strenuous activity during the heat of the day, wear plenty of sunscreen if you are outside and be mindful of the elderly, pregnant, young children and pets/animals as they are most susceptible to heat stress.