Cool change expected

A WEEKEND heatwave on the Downs and Granite Belt is expected to give way to a cool change on Monday, Bureau of Meteorology staff said.

While Brisbane and the coastal south-east prepare for potentially their highest summer temperatures this year our region is also tipped to swelter, with a top of 35 degrees forecast for tomorrow.

Today the mercury is expected to reach 31 degrees with a “slight chance” of a shower or two later in the day, forecaster Michael Knett said yesterday.

Tonight’s minimum is set at 18 degrees.

Mr Knett said Downs dwellers could count on things “warming up” tomorrow, with a further chance of rain.

“There will be an increasing chance of thunderstorm activity in the region throughout Sunday and leading into Monday,” Mr Knett said.

“On Monday we expect a cooler change to head up the coast from the south and this will also be spreading through into inland areas.

“Things should cool down a bit on Monday but there is a good change of storm activity, particularly into the afternoon.”

A maximum of 33 degrees is expected on Monday, dropping right back to the mid-twenties on Tuesday.

Weatherzone, which produces seven-day predictions, says there will be an 80 per cent chance of storms on Monday with falls of up to 20mm on average across the region.

The forecaster also predicts showers on Tuesday, falling back to mostly cloudy conditions Wednesday and Thursday.

Minor rainfall was recorded for the region up until 9am yesterday, with 7.8mm officially falling at Warwick and no more than 2mm in areas to the east.

Glenlyon Dam, south of Stanthorpe, recorded 9mm.

SunWater’s Leslie Dam is still at 100% capacity, with 106,200ML in storage.

The blue-green algae level was rated as moderate yesterday, with a swimming hazard flagged.

Council-owned Connolly Dam is also at 99%, with a total capacity of 2590ML.

Fast weather facts...

The long-term average maximum temperature for Warwick in February is 29.5 degrees, with an average overnight minimum of 17 degrees.

The long-term average total rainfall for February for Warwick is 68.9mm, with 23.6mm so far recorded for the month.

The highest rainfall this February to date for Warwick was 8.2mm on Tuesday, February 8.

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