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Hot, stormy forecast for inland QLD: Cool & calm on coast

SOME Queenslanders could be forgiven for saying the much anticipated heatwave was nothing more than hot-air...and in fact they'd be right. 

Annabelle Ford from the Bureau of Meteorology said a large inland trough had dragged a huge mass of air down from the state's hotter and drier northern and central areas leading to the heatwave conditions witnessed by many in south-east Queensland in recent days.  

"However sea-breezes have kept temperatures down in coastal areas," Ms Ford said. 

Heatwave like conditions are forecast to continue for inland areas throughout the first half of this week. Thisb map from the BOM shows temps will be in the high to mid 30s for most of the state at 2pm tomorrow (Tuesday).
Heatwave like conditions are forecast to continue for inland areas throughout the first half of this week. Thisb map from the BOM shows temps will be in the high to mid 30s for most of the state at 2pm tomorrow (Tuesday).

And the difference is notable - the maximum temperature on the Sunshine Coast today is a relatively mild 29 degrees Celsius, 30 is the top for Tuesday, then 29 for Wednesday, 30 for both Thursday and Friday and a cool 27 for both days of the weekend. 

And in the immediate future there's not much chance of a storm hitting the south-east coast - although showers and storms are expected throughout the week in northern NSW. 

A little way inland on the Daring Downs and the forecast paints a very different picture. 

This map shows the thin line of cooler temps hugging the south-east QLD and Northern NSW coast while far hotter conditions linger to the north and in inland areas.
This map shows the thin line of cooler temps hugging the south-east QLD and Northern NSW coast while far hotter conditions linger to the north and in inland areas.

In Toowoomba it's expected to reach a top of 33 degrees today, then 33 again on Tuesday and Wednesday, before a slight drop in temperatures later in the week. 

Ms Ford also said there was a high likelihood of storms for inland areas throughout the first half of the week. 

"That's also associated with the heatwave," she said. 

"Normally we'd have westerly winds in the upper atmosphere which blow storms toward the coast however that is not happening at the moment."

And that means while calm weather lays ahead for coastal there is a more than 50% chance of storms in Toowoomba every day until Saturday. 

Of course anyone in Toowoomba who's complaining about the heat should spare a thought for the people of Birdsville where temperatures hit a scorching 46,9 degrees on Friday. 

Ms Ford said we could all expect a cooler change towards the end of the week as the trough responsible for the hot weather moves to the south-west of the state bringing cooler temperatures for people living in Queensland's south-east. 


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