Posted 16th Feb 2018. The prolonged widespread severe to extreme heatwave is forecast to continue across a majority of Queensland on Friday. This heatwave is forecast to last through until Saturday for Eastern districts while continuing until mid next week through the Western half of the state. Above image: Maximum temperatures via BSCH. 

Widespread scorching temperatures of 40 to 45C will continue 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.

Fridays statewide maximum forecast temperatures are as follows…

Southern QLD: Brisbane CBD 34C – Eastern suburbs 32C – Western suburbs 36C, Ipswich 36C, Sunshine Coast 31C, Nambour 33C, Gold Coast 31C, Nerang 34C, Coomera 34C, Gympie 34C, Maryborough 33C, Bundaberg 32C, Gatton 38C, Toowoomba 33C, Warwick 36C, Inglewood & Millmerran 37C, Stanthorpe 33C, Dalby 36C, Roma 40C, Charleville 41C, St George 39C, Goondiwindi 40C, Quilpie 42C, Birdsville 43C.

Central QLD: Gladstone 33C, Biloela 37C, Gayndah 36C, Rockhampton 36C, Mackay 35C, Moranbah 39C, Emerald 39C, Longreach 43C, Boulia 43C.

Northern QLD: Townsville 34C, Cairns 34C, Weipa 33C, Georgetown 37C, Charters Towers 37C, Richmond 42C, Cloncurry 44C, Mt Isa 43C, Burketown 36C.

A majority of these forecast maximums are between 6 and 11C above the long term February average for longer than 3 days constituting a heatwave. Overnight minimum temperatures well also be 4 to 9C above average especially through Southern and Central inland parts. Very hot, humid oppressive nights also expected along the coast. Brisbane has been recording near record February minimum temps this week of around 26C.  
Below image: BOM heatwave Thursday to Saturday.

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