Heatwave To Hit This Weekend With 'No Relief In Sight'
The weather bureau is warning Queenslanders to prepare for heatwave conditions, as a hot weather system starts to settle in over the state.
Following unseasonably cool weather in many parts of Queensland over the last fortnight, Friday will see a correction in temperatures before the weekend sees the mercury climb further.
Weather bureau forecaster James Thompson said parts of the state would see top temperatures eclipse 40C by Sunday.
"We're looking at warm-to-hot conditions in the southwest of Queensland from Friday, but for heatwave conditions we need to see minimum temperatures also rising above the usual February average," Mr Thompson said.
"From Sunday we'll see minimum temperatures five to eight degrees above average in the southwest of the state, and then on Monday most places south of Mount Isa to Mackay."
Conditions heating up over the weekend and into next week with severe to locally extreme heatwave conditions across #CentralQld and #SouthernQld from Sunday onwards. Plan ahead and stay cool to beat the #QldHeat https://t.co/Y3YsnzkaMq pic.twitter.com/Jy99X7wD7i— Bureau of Meteorology, Queensland (@BOM_Qld) February 7, 2018
That rise would see some outback areas not get below around 29C in the dead of night, before highs in the low-to-mid 40s.
The southeast corner of the state is expecting tops in the high 30s, however seabreezes will take some of the punch out of overnight lows.
It's the first true heatwave of the season for Queensland and is expected to continue into the middle of next week, although it could continue longer if the high pressure system lingers.
People are being urged to stay cool and be mindful of heatstroke.