The next 3 days across South-East, Southern Inland and Central parts of QLD as well as Northern Inland and North-East NSW are forecast to sizzle with records being smashed across the region. Above image: Maximums for Sunday via OCF/BSCH
The severe heatwave which has been responsible for many records being smashed across South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales in the past 3 days is expected to drift more into Southern QLD and the Northern half of NSW over the next 3 days. The surface trough blocking any cool change at the moment is likely to lie over the NSW Central Coast and along the NSW Northern Ranges while very warm North-East winds feed into the Coastal side of it, combining with very hot Westerlies and a hot airmass overhead. This is likely to produce sizzling temperatures on Saturday, which are only going to climb to likely break records on Sunday as the trough moves closer to the Coast. On Monday, a cool change is forecast to move through Northern Coastal NSW early bringing a much cooler day, while a very warm and muggy start for SEQ should be halted in the early afternoon by the change.
Many records are likely to be broken this weekend, some of these include •Brisbane 36 / 39 / 34
• Beaudesert 40 / 43 / 34 (Record: Feb 38.9ºc, All-Time 43.1ºc
• Birdsville 46 / 47 / 38
• Cunnamulla 45 / 46 / 36
• Gatton 42 / 43 / 37 (Record: Feb 41.9ºc)
• Ipswich 40 / 43 / 34 (Record: Feb 40.6ºc)
• Nambour 36 / 40 / 32 (Record: Feb 40.5ºc)
• Nerang 37 / 40 / 34
• Oakey 42 / 42 / 38 (Record: Feb 39.5ºc)
• Bourke 47 / 47 / 36
• Casino 42 / 44 / 38 (Record: Feb 42.1ºc, All-Time 44.1ºc)
• Lismore 38 / 41 / 32 (Record: Feb 40.9ºc)
• Grafton 41 / 44 / 31 (Record Feb 41.3ºc, All-Time 44.6ºc)
• Moree 44 / 45 / 40 (Extend the 35ºc streak to 49 straight days)
• Narrabri 44 / 45 / 38 (Record – Feb/All-Time 45.4ºc)
Note: Sunday is potentially going to be Brisbane’s hottest day in 9 years!
OCF Forecast Maximums for Southern QLD / Northern NSW (Saturday February 11th)
OCF Forecast Maximums for Southern QLD / Northern NSW (Monday February 13th)
Thankfully there is some cooler weather on the way in the form of showers, some rain areas and thunderstorms. The warmth is expected to return mid week to those in NENSW and SEQ however it should be much more bearable, while Northern NSW and South-West/Southern QLD who have seen endless heat now since before Christmas are expected to finally drop out of the 40’s!
Did you know, excessive heat or “heatwaves” are responsible for more weather related hospitalisations in Australia than all other weather phenomenon combined? Thats why its important to look after the elderly, look after your pets and animals, look after young children and look after pregnant woman. These 4 categories of living beings are the most at risk for heat related illness or injury. Drink plenty of water and avoid outdoor activities.