Expect a sweltering Thursday, with 30+ temperatures

SUMMER is not ready to surrender, but instead will force Queensland and northern New South Wales to swelter one final time this week before we settle into the autumn cool.

Already inland Queensland is being scorched by the final offensive, with Birdsville notching up 43 degrees on Saturday and Sunday.

The high temperatures are a result of a haunting heat that has lingered over Central Australia.

Now, a front-end trough driven by south-westerly winds will shift that heat towards the coastline.

Weatherzone meteorologist Rob Sharpe said this would be the last we would see of summer.

"It's probably the last burst of heat - the most intense burst of heat of the hot season," he said.

Ipswich will heat up to 38 degrees, Toowoomba will hit 35 and Rockhampton will make 36.

Gladstone and Bundaberg will notch up to 33.

Brisbane and the coastal parts of the Sunshine Coast will hit the mid-30s, although it will be hotter away from the coastline.

Mackay will escape the worst of it, with 32 on Thursday, but Collinsville to the north will cop 37 and 38 degrees on Thursday and Friday.

To NSW, Byron Bay will be warmer than usual, hitting 30 degrees on Thursday.

Lismore will reach 32.

From the weekend, Mr Sharpe said we should have cooler weather for what is tentatively forecast to be a wetter-than-average autumn.

With any luck, this will be our last fight against summer for at least six months.

 

THURSDAY HEATWAVE:

  • Ipswich: 38 degrees
     
  • Rockhampton: 36
     
  • Toowoomba: 35
     
  • Sunshine Coast: Mid 30s on the coast, higher inland.
     
  • Mackay: 32
  • Collinsville: 37 (and 38 degrees on Friday)
  • Byron Bay: 30
     
  • Lismore: 32
     
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