It may be spring, but parts of Queensland are braced for record-breaking temperatures that would put the peak of summer to shame.
Parts of Queensland have already sweltered through a heatwave that hit last weekend.
Mackay Airport broke the highest daily maximum temperature record for November on Saturday with 37.8 degrees and also recorded 37.6 degrees on Sunday. On Monday, the north Queensland city is expected to reach 38 degrees, with maximums above 36 degrees remaining until Friday.
“From 1950 to this year, Mackay Airport has observed only two days above 36 degrees in November.”
Fact that makes you go WOW!: From 1950 to this year, Mackay Airport has observed only two days above 36C in November. Yesterday it was 37.8C, today 37.6C, and we are forecasting temps above 36C the next five days. That would mean seven consecutive days above 36C! #QldHeatwave
— Bureau of Meteorology, Queensland (@BOM_Qld) November 25, 2018
The Bureau of Meteorology warned these extreme heatwave conditions would remain for the rest of the week.
Temperatures in Cairns and Townsville are expected to peak this week at 39 degrees while Rockhampton could reach 40 degrees. Brisbane is expected to head into the thirties this week, with a top of 34 degrees.
Even if you’re waiting out the heat in relative comfort thanks to your air-conditioning and tall glass of water, make sure you check in on any elderly neighbours who may not be coping as well. Pets may also need extra water and some assured shade in the yard to ensure they’re able to cope with the sweltering temperatures.
You may not feel the effects as much as other people, but don’t be fooled into thinking you can get away with spending too much time outdoors; even activities such as gardening, which may not seems strenuous, could result in a nasty case of heat stroke.
Meanwhile, Victorians can expect further rain, after a week of unpredictable weather across the state. The state copped a warm start to last week, with temperatures 10 degrees above the November average. But by mid-week, after a few days of heavy rain, the temperatures plummeted.