A high of 34 is forecast for Brisbane on Monday. Photo: Darren PatemanQueensland’s south-east has woken to sweltering conditions on an Australia Day tipped to be the hottest in 14 years.
There’s some relief predicted by the afternoon but not before the mercury soars to 33 in Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast about midday. The Gold Coast is expecting 31 and Ipswich 36 with a possible storm.
There wasn’t much relief overnight in Brisbane after a top of 35.8 on Sunday. Temperatures only briefly dipped below 25 and had reached 28 with an apparent temperature of almost 32 by 7.40am.
Stifling humidity of more than 80 per cent didn’t help matters.
Australia Day temperatures haven’t hit 33 since 2001 but the mercury did reach 32.8 in 2010.
But there’s good news on the way thanks to a south-easterly change predicted for the afternoon.
“What people will notice is the air will be cooler because it will be a little bit drier,” Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Gordon Banks said.
“We’ll lose some of that humidity.”
He rated the chance of a storm “highly unlikely” for metropolitan areas but couldn’t rule it out.
The real change will come from Tuesday as temperatures are expected to dip into the high 20s with just a small chance of showers.
“Then we’ll keep those temperatures in the high 20s all the way through to the weekend. It sounds like a brilliant week,” Mr Banks said.
“Anytime we have south-easterly winds coming in off the ocean we have a chance of a shower.
“However what we do see is going to be very isolated and very short-lived if it does occur.”
He warned Queenslanders to “pay the sun a little respect”.
“Now that all the cloud cover’s gone just be careful you don’t get burnt,” he said.
“Especially with the cooler airflow you might not realise you’re burning.”
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