Issued 3pm Tuesday, September 26th 2017. The majority of Inland QLD is set to scorch to their hottest temperatures of the heatwave so far on Wednesday, with many places likely to at least challenge a record… those records include both the State and National September Records! Above image: Temperatures for Wednesday via OCF / BSCH
During Wednesday, a low pressure region is expected to become situated over Western NSW, producing a trough over North-West NSW, Far South-West QLD and into the Southern NT. This activity is likely to combine with a large high pressure region off the East Coast of Australia to direct North-Westerly winds across the majority of Inland QLD. This is likely to channel the hottest temperatures (some which are likely to be record breaking) of the heatwave so far into Inland QLD… particularly South-Western QLD.
Forecast winds for Wednesday afternoon via WindyTV. Both white lines indicate surface trough’s, with purple lines indicating the wind direction. Yellow/orange shading is 40km/h+ with pink shading over 60km/h.
The State Record for September currently sits at 42.4ºc, recorded by Birdsville in 2003. The National Record also recorded in 2003 sits at 43.1ºc (West Roebuck, WA). The State record in particular… but both records look could be broken with Ballera and Birdsville both tipped to hit 43ºc on Wednesday.
Other records at risk include: Note: Many current records were recorded either last Saturday or today (Tuesday), a * indicates that the temperature was recorded today and was the maximum temperature at the time of the blog.
The fierce temperatures are not the only thing thats becoming a risk for Wednesday. Strong winds producing gusts of 40-60km/h are expected over large parts of Inland QLD, with even stronger gusts of 60-75km/h near the trough in South-Western. These stronger winds have lead to Queensland Fire Emergency Services issuing a “SEVERE” fire threat for the Channel Country and Warrego & Maranoa districts for Wednesday and “VERY HIGH” elsewhere.
Forecast fire danger threat for Wednesday via QFES