Scorcher! Heatwave set to get worse
SOUTHEAST Queensland is heating up after a scorching weekend, with temperatures as high as 39 degrees expected over the next three days. It's already the hottest start to a November since 2005.
The mercury hit 30 yesterday with the temperatures set to stay at that level and higher for the rest of the week.
West of Brisbane, Ipswich residents are bracing for temperatures close to 10C above average.
The Bureau of Meteorology warns the next three days will peak at close to 40C, with highs of 39C expected today and tomorrow and 38C on Wednesday.
It's significantly above the November average maximum of 30.8C.
It will be even hotter in Gatton and Boonah, with daytime maximums of 40C expected today.
BoM forecaster Michael Paech said north to northwesterly winds were pushing higher temperatures towards the southeast and there was little reprieve in sight.
"We are not expecting to see anything really change until we get a trough through as late as Thursday before temperatures start to cool down," he said.
"There is little escape from the heat.
"We haven't experienced for a little while the first states of mid to high 30s. We'd often expect them in summer, but we are seeing them now."
Southerly winds and showers will bring some relief on Thursday.
On the Gold Coast Ms Jay Lim, 45, beat Sunday's heat by enjoying a swim in the Tallebudgera Creek in what a Weatherzone spokesman said was the hottest start to November since 2005.
The Burleigh Heads local said she was enjoying the recent heat as it was an excuse to come to the beach and relax.
"Summer is finally here, in Spring" she said.
"It was a great weekend to just laze around and the beach was the best place to be today."
"I came down to the beach to relax and enjoy the great weather."
On the Gold Coast, it will be mostly sunny with light winds and a top of 31C.
Tomorrow will be slightly hotter at 32C but partly cloudy with similar conditions for Wednesday.
Thursday will bring some relief from the heat with a high chance of showers and southerly winds bringing the maximum temperature down to 23C.