Across the next 3 days or so, the South East quarter of QLD is expect to endure a “potentially” record breaking heatwave. Above image – Maximums for South Eastern QLD via OCF for Monday.
It gets hot in March, but going off the data we have available to us – it doesn’t get this hot. A surface trough is expected to move into the region during Monday, lasting until Wednesday. This trough is expected to draw in hot Westerly winds into the back of it which will combine with very warm and humid Northerly winds. This combination along with a warming air mass is expected to provide the perfect setup for temperatures to scorch into the mid to high 30’s for 3 consecutive days across South East QLD, with some isolated areas pushing 40ºc on Monday. You have to remember that this is March, so we don’t see this kind of heating very often, if at all, across the region – so this will likely be classed as a ‘Severe’ strength heatwave.
It would be right to assume we (South East QLDers) get hot in March. Its typically a very warm and normally quite humid month. However, data available to us, suggests its doesn’t get this hot.
• Brisbane’s March record is 38.8ºc set back in 1965, it hasn’t exceeded 35ºc in March in the last 25+ years – Monday will be heading for 36-37ºc.
• Ipswich’s March record is 38.9ºc set in 2007 – Monday is heading for 39, possibly even 40ºc!
• Gatton’s record is 39.5ºc set in 1980 – both Monday and Tuesday are expected to nudge 40ºc
• Kingaroy’s record is 37.0ºc set in 2007 – Monday and Wednesday are heading for 36ºc, Tuesday 37ºc
• Warwick’s record is 37.2ºc set in 1998 – Monday and Tuesday are expected to exceed 36ºc.