37 DEGREES: Heatwave spike to scorch Coast, and still no rain

It’s about to get seriously hot, but a cooler change is on the way. Courtesy: Sunshine Coast Daily

THERE may be a cloud in the sky but there’s no rain on the Bureau of Meteorology radar as the Sunshine Coast – and the rest of the state – head for another run of heatwave conditions from Thursday.

Early south-easterlies that brought with it just a few drops early this morning will swing north-east at 20-30kmh today before increasing in strength on Thursday from the north north-west at up to 40kmh.

Temperatures will spike from today’s 27 degree expected maximum to 35 degrees on the coast Thursday.

It will be hotter inland with Nambour set to reach 36 degrees and then 37 on Friday when Gympie was expected to reach 39.

BOM forecaster Adam Blazak said Thursday would be dry and very hot with the strength of any sea breeze later in the day likely to be the ultimate determiner of conditions on the coast.

Escalating temperatures in Wide Bay driven by continuing hot, dry north-westerlies blowing in from the inland would also be felt in Noosa, which will reach a maximum of 35 degrees.

Mr Blazak said just where the line of demarcation would fall was tricky to determine but the forecast was for Caloundra to reach a relatively cooler 32 degrees.

Minimum temperatures on the Coast going into Friday will not get below 18 degrees, compared with the September average minimum of 13 degrees and the October average of 16.

However the record for the hottest minimum temperature for this time of year was 22.2, degrees recorded at Tewantin in 1964.

Mr Blazak said models were only showing rain may fall somewhere between Mackay and the Gold Coast but that could be just lonely drops of which one or two may reach the ground.

It will stay hot and sunny into the weekend, with Maroochydore expected to reach 32 degrees, Nambour 34 and Tewantin 31 on Saturday before maximums fall away quickly on Sunday to 27 degrees.

Monday would be cooler still at 15-26 degrees on a partly cloud day with light winds and expect at least a 10 degree turn around by Tuesday, which is not expected to climb above 25 degrees.

Source: https://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/news/37-degrees-heatwave-spike-to-scorch-coast-and-stil/3228472/