It was hot today (Sunday) but the worst of the heat is yet to come, with models indicating Monday and Tuesday will absolutely scorch and lead to this becoming the strongest November heatwave for SEQLD since 1996 for some areas! Above image Maximums for Monday via BSCH / OCF.
Sunday was quite hot across SEQLD (for SEQLD standards, not Inland QLD standards). Gatton topped out at 39.9ºc and almost 10ºc above the November average. Ipswich, Beaudesert, Kingaroy, Greenback, Oakey, Dalby, Warwick, Wellcamp and other locations all climbed to 35ºc+ which is above the threshold for heatwave status. However, these same areas are expected to see the heat turn up another notch and match heatwave thresholds for Summer standards.
Over the course of Monday and Tuesday, the airmass overhead is expected to strengthen and become warmer, while winds are expected to direct more out o the North West rather than the North… this is notoriously a hot setup for South East QLD standards (and really for most places along the East Coast of Australia, South of Mackay). This will allow temperatures to climb a few degrees onto Sunday’s standards and potentially nudge towards the hottest temperatures of the year.
Gatton is expected to eclipse 40ºc both days, this will be the first time since 2014 thats happened in November. This will also be the first time since 1996 that Gatton has recorded 3 straight 39ºc days in November (39.5, 41.0, 40.0 back then). Ipswich is expected to nudge 39ºc also, possibly even 40ºc. While the majority of locations away from the Coastal strip are expected to climb into the mid to high 30’s. Closer to the Coast it will be much cooler (Brisbane 34ºc, bayside suburbs barely scraping into the low 30’s) however the humidity will be woeful through these areas and it could end up feeling just as hot as Inland areas.
This is once again a timely reminder to be responsible in this kind of heat. Avoid strenuous activity, drink plenty of water, wear the appropriate clothing and look after those around you – both humans and animals.