Updated 10th Feb 2018. The prolonged widespread severe to extreme heatwave is forecast to begin across a majority of Queensland on Sunday. This heatwave is forecast to last through until Friday. Above image: Maximum temperatures via BSCH. 

Widespread scorching temperatures of 40 to 45C will develop across the North West, Central West, Central inland, Southern inland and parts of the South East. Along the very exposed coast (close to the beach) very warm and humid conditions of 32 to 35C are expected. For Eastern inland parts the temps will quickly go up to between 36 and 41C.

Sundays statewide maximum forecast temperatures are as follows…

Southern QLD: Brisbane CBD 37C – Eastern suburbs 34C – Western suburbs 38C, Ipswich 39C, Sunshine Coast 34C, Nambour 37C, Gold Coast 36C, Nerang 38C, Coomera 38C, Gympie 39C, Maryborough 36C, Bundaberg 34C, Gatton 41.5C, Toowoomba 37.5C, Warwick 39C, Inglewood & Millmerran 41C, Stanthorpe 35C, Dalby 41C, Roma 42C, Charleville 42C, St George 42C, Goondiwindi 42C, Quilpie 44C, Birdsville 45.5C.

Central QLD: Gladstone 36C, Biloela 40C, Gayndah 41C, Rockhampton 39C, Mackay 34C, Moranbah 39C, Emerald 40C, Longreach 42C, Boulia 43C.

Northern QLD: Townsville 35C, Cairns 32C, Weipa 33C, Georgetown 36C, Charters Towers 36C, Richmond 41C, Cloncurry 42C, Mt Isa 41C, Burketown 36C.

A majority of these forecast maximums are between 6 and 11C above the long term February average. Overnight minimum temperatures well also be 4 to 9C above average especially through Southern and Central inland parts. Longreach is only forecast to get down to 27C overnight Sunday into early Monday morning.