Brisbane has recorded its equal-hottest December day but is expected to follow it up with a much cooler temperatures.
The CBD hit 41.2C on Monday, a temperature not reached in December since 1981.
Gatton reached 43.2C according to the Bureau of Meteorology’s Lauren Pattie, which was close to its December record.
A weather change across the south east for Tuesday is bringing temperatures down to a forecast of 30C in the CBD.
West of Brisbane in Ipswich, temperatures are forecast to reach 33C on Tuesday, 10C lower than the previous day.
However most of Queensland is expected to swelter for the rest of the week, especially in the state’s west.
Birdsville is forecast to remain in the mid-40s all week, peaking on Wednesday with a top of 47C.
The northwest town of Mt Isa is also forecast to be above 40C all week, peaking on Tuesday and Wednesday at 43C.
The bureau is not predicting rain for central and southern Queensland, however small showers could develop across the northern regions.