Ipswich, Gympie, Nambour face record-breaking heat today
THIS could be the hottest March day in history for Ipswich, Gympie and parts of the Sunshine Coast, as the scorching heat from out west heads towards the Queensland coastline.
Ipswich is facing its hottest day on record with the Bureau of Meteorology predicting the mercury to reach 39.4 degrees this afternoon, topping the 38.9 degrees it sweated through in 2007.
Gympie will be struggling with its maximum of 38 degrees, which is a fraction beneath its hottest day of 38.1, set on the same day as Ipswich's previous record. There is every chance the town may write a new record today.
Nambour on the Sunshine Coast will notch up 37 degrees, a touch below its 37.5 record, but the day is young enough for the suburb to heat up beyond the forecast.
The temperatures are expected to peak between 3pm and 4pm today.
For those not lucky enough for the heat to be historic, it will probably just be frustrating.
Toowoomba is expected to hit 36 degrees, parts of the Gold Coast will reach 37 and Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast will hit 35.
Further north, Rockhampton will cop 36 degrees, Emerald will hit 39 while Mackay will sit smugly on a comfortable 32 degrees.
By 10pm, a cool change will send the heat back out west, giving the eastern parts of the state a reminder that autumn has already begun.
IT'S A HEAT WAVE:
Your maximum temperatures today:
South-East Queensland, Ipswich, Sunshine Coast
Brisbane 36 °C Hot and sunny.
Ipswich 39 °C Very hot. Late cool change.
Caboolture 36 °C Very hot and sunny.
Caloundra 35 °C Hot and mostly sunny.
Maleny 35 °C Very hot and mostly sunny.
Maroochydore 35 °C Hot and mostly sunny.
Nambour 37 °C Very hot and mostly sunny.
Noosa Heads 34 °C Hot and mostly sunny.
Esk 39 °C Very hot and sunny.
Gatton 39 °C Very hot and sunny.
Nerang 38 °C Hot. Possible late storm.
Darling Downs, Toowoomba
Dalby 38 °C Hot and sunny.
Goondiwindi 36 °C Hot and sunny.
Toowoomba 34 °C Very hot and sunny.
Warwick 35 °C Hot and sunny.
Wide Bay and Burnett
Bundaberg 34 °C Cloud clearing.
Gympie 38 °C Very hot. Partly cloudy.
Hervey Bay 32 °C Cloud clearing.
Kingaroy 37 °C Very hot and mostly sunny.
Gladstone 34 °C Cloud clearing.
Rockhampton 36 °C Hot. Cloud clearing.
Emerald 39 °C Hot and mostly sunny.
Blackwater 39 °C Hot and mostly sunny.
Clermont 38 °C Hot and sunny.
Dysart 37 °C Hot and mostly sunny.
Moranbah 37 °C Hot and mostly sunny.
Mackay and Whitsundays
Mackay 32 °C Mostly sunny.
Hamilton Island 30 °C Mostly sunny.
Proserpine 35 °C Mostly sunny.