Heat records tipped to tumble in Queensland
Parts of south-east Queensland will be hotter than the northern tip of the state, as a heatwave likely to break records sweeps the region.
Communities west of Brisbane, including Ipswich, Gatton and Laidley, are expecting the mercury to climb to 38 degrees on Monday, two degrees hotter than Weipa, at the tip of Cape York.
Brisbane will be cool by comparison but still sweaty with a top temperature of 33 expected.
Gatton, in the Lockyer Valley, had its hottest September day on record on Sunday, with a top temperature of 39 degrees.
The Bureau of Meteorology says more records could fall in the inland parts of the south-east on Wednesday.
And Brisbane will also nudge its September heat record on Thursday, with the city tipped to reach 37.
“Our record is 38 so we are approaching record temperatures even around Brisbane,” bureau forecaster Diana Eadie has told ABC radio.