|Photo: A sunbaker relaxes at Brisbane’s South Bank during the early-morning heat. (ABC News: Kym Agius)|
March 5, 2015 – QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA – South-east Queensland is experiencing an autumn scorcher today as hot air moves in from long-suffering western regions.
By 1.19pm, Brisbane reached a high of 36.1 degrees Celsius, according to the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM).
In the state’s central-west, Winton hit 42C at 12:48pm and Longreach was 41.8C at 4:18pm.
“As you go out towards Ipswich you should see some top temperatures of around 39 degrees today,” BoM senior forecaster Michelle Berry said.
The Amberley (Ipswich) weather station’s highest recorded temperature of the day was 37.9 degrees at 3.58pm.
“Brisbane’s [March] record is 38.8 – I’m not as likely to see that through the city again because of a sea breeze coming into play, but 36 is still hot enough I’m sure,” Ms Berry said.
Ms Berry said the sea breeze was less likely to push west to Ipswich because of the broader westerly wind flow.
|Photo: A couple cool off at Brisbane’s South Bank beach. (ABC News: Kym Agius)|
Outback still sweltering
Western Queensland has been suffering the blistering effects of the heatwave for weeks.
In Boulia, the daily temperatures have topped 40C every day since February 15.
Birdsville recorded 44C on Tuesday and 42.5C on Monday.
In Longreach it reached 43C last Sunday, the hottest March day since 1985, and the mercury hit 40.4C on Wednesday.
The BoM said a trough could bring slightly cooler weather into western Queensland from Friday, but temperatures would remain in the high 30s across many centres.
|Photo: BoM’s forecast maximum temperatures. (Supplied.)|
Southerly change will bring relief on Friday
Ms Berry said relief from the heat would arrive for the south-east coast on Thursday night with a south-easterly wind change.
“There won’t be a great deal of relief until the early hours of Friday really for most parts of the south-east,” she said.
“But we will see a marked change in temperature through Friday, dropping back to about the high 20s through many areas.
“It’s not a cold change, as such, it’s not going to drop back to 20C, but at least it will feel a lot more comfortable through Friday.”
Ms Berry said a late storm was possible as the southerly change arrived, most likely on the Gold Coast.
But she said the dry atmosphere would probably prevent storms spreading to Brisbane and further north.
The change arriving Friday would herald a return to average March temperatures with maximums in the high 20s, she said. – ABC Australia.