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Brisbane weather: City and Ipswich set to sizzle through scorcher weekend

By Meghna Bali, Wednesday September 20, 2017 - 07:00 EST
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The BOM is reminding people to keep out of the sun during the high temperatures. - ABC

Despite a cool start to spring, south-east Queensland is set for an unseasonably hot weekend.

With temperatures predicted to hit the mid-30s, you would be forgiven for thinking summer had arrived early.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has predicted temperatures in Brisbane over the weekend could reach 33 degrees and Ipswich could soar to a high of 38 degrees.

BOM forecaster Sam Campbell said north and north-westerly winds associated with a trough would bring a hot air mass and dry heat to the region.

"[Expect] temperatures into the low thirties around Brisbane increasing to the mid-thirties for Sunday and pretty high around Ipswich," Mr Campbell said.

"Stay hydrated, keep out of the sun and be aware of the elevated fire dangers."

Warmer than average spring predicted

Brisbane temperatures in September last year averaged at 24.9 degrees, the highest reaching 28.8 degrees.

The BOM is also forecasting increased fire risk for the weekend.

"It doesn't look like we'll see relief from those elevated fire dangers or the warm temperatures into the start of the next working week," Mr Campbell said.

While a summer storm was not ruled out, Mr Campbell said rainfall was unlikely given how dry the air mass would be.

"Spring is a transition month so you'll see a mix of cooler days and quite warmer days," he said.

But Mr Campbell also said the seasonal outlook indicated warmer than average temperatures and the chance of above average rainfall for the whole of spring.

Gold Coast lifesaving coordinator Nathan Fife said he was expecting big crowds on both of the coasts this weekend.

"Because it's school holidays also we're expecting a lot of people heading down to the beach to cool off," he said.

"If you are heading down, make sure that you are swimming at those patrolled locations and between those red and yellow flags."


© ABC 2017

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