Queensland is experiencing scorching heat while coastal locations have the addition of high humidity.
Temperatures quickly rose in Brisbane this morning, reaching 30 degrees before 9:30am. Westerly winds held out the sea breeze until soon after midday helping the temperature reach 35 degrees, its hottest December day in five years. When the weak sea breeze arrived this helped the relative humidity surge up to 50%, making 35 degrees feel like 41 at 12:30pm. At the same time Amberley was a degree warmer but only felt like 36 degrees.
This afternoon the sea breeze is likely to be pushed offshore by westerly winds meaning that the temperature will near 39 degrees and the air will become drier.
Fire danger in southeast Queensland is expected to reach a severe rating including Brisbane due to dry, hot and windy conditions. During the afternoon westerly winds will strengthen before tending southwesterly during the evening. However these wind changes are likely to pose a challenge for fire fighters battling existing fires.
Wednesday won't be quite as hot as today with temperatures expected to reach 33 degrees throughout the Brisbane area as a sea breeze is unlikely to develop.
From Thursday onwards it will be milder with each day likely to stay under 30 degrees.
© Weatherzone 2012
18:19 EST The mercury is set to plummet tonight across parts of Tasmania, with some places possibly seeing their coldest night in around two years.