Another Queensland Scorcher Before Cool Change
Another hot day is expected for Queensland and more records could be broken before a cool change comes during the weekend.
Records for September day heat were melted at 12 locations across the state's southeast on Thursday, with places between Warwick, Toowoomba, the Sunshine Coast and Logan experiencing conditions between 10C and 14C above average.
Feel warm last night? Cape Morton recorded a minimum of 21.6C, its warmest September night on record. Previous record was set in 1947. #Qld— BOM Queensland (@BOM_Qld) September 28, 2017
A fire ban is in place across the southeast and there are high to very high fire dangers across much of the state, the Queensland Fire and Emergency services warns.
A watch and act alert was on Thursday afternoon issued for a bushfire burning around Glen Esk, but it was later brought under control and wasn't threatening lives or properties.
The fire warning came as heat records were broken in western and southeast Queensland during the past two days.
The state's hottest September day was recorded at Birdsville on Wednesday, where the mercury peaked at 42.8C.
On Thursday Ipswich, at 39.7C, sweltered through its hottest September day while at Gatton the previous high mark of 38.7C was surpassed by a new record high of 39.4C.
The record-breaking heat was caused by a warm air mass, which will linger around the coast between Rockhampton and Logan on Friday.
A Bureau of Meteorology forecaster said more temperature records could be set before the heat-bringing system moves out to sea.
Conditions across the state are due to begin easing during the weekend, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.