Brisbane could record its hottest day in three years as a heatwave grips Queensland.
Temperatures are set to reach 46 degrees Celsius in some inland parts of the state this week, particularly in outlying towns like Birdsville.
The mercury will peak at 37C in Brisbane by Thursday, when a potential storm will break the hot spell and send temperatures down a bit.
However, the temperature will remain above 26°C for the rest of the week.
According to the Met Office, the sudden change in heat is due to a low pressure system moving away from New South Wales.
The westerly winds associated with this low help to draw heat from central Australia towards the coast.
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“More populated areas in the southeast of the state will really feel the heat through Wednesday and then again on Thursday,” Sky News Weather meteorologist Alison Osborne said.
“Daily temperatures are likely to exceed 35 degrees Celsius.”
The hot weather is expected to continue for a few days. Emergency services are warning Queenslanders to drink plenty of water in extreme heat and are watching for vulnerable neighbours.
Queensland Ambulance Service clinical director Tony Harker suggested putting in place a plan to ensure you don’t get too much sun during the hottest part of the day.
“If you’re not feeling well, or you’re really old or really young, make sure you stay indoors in front of the air conditioners or a fan,” he said.
“If you have older neighbors, go check on them and make sure they’re okay.”
Across the country, temperatures will reach 28C in Sydney on Wednesday before a cool breeze arrives, bringing lower temperatures early Thursday.
Temperatures in the Northern Territory are expected to reach 45°C this week. Alice Springs is likely to crack 41°C on Tuesday, and on Wednesday the temperature will peak at around 42°C.
In Western Australia, temperatures in Perth will reach 30 degrees Celsius on Wednesday. A potential afternoon storm is expected to break the heat, and temperatures will settle in the high 20s for the rest of the week.
The weather in Canberra will reach a high of 26°C on Wednesday and then dip closer to 21°C on Thursday.
However, warmer days will return by Sunday when the mercury reaches 27°C.
South Australia will feel the heat as temperatures are expected to reach 34°C on Saturday.
Warmer temperatures will be delayed in Victoria as residents are expected to rise to 26C on Sunday.
Tasmania is likely the only state to escape the sweltering heat this week, as persistent rain keeps temperatures cool.
More than 50mm of rain is expected in western Tasmania.
— with NCA NewsWire
Originally published as Brisbane is sweltering during its hottest days in three years