The weather bureau says it is not expecting any relief from scorching temperatures in western Queensland in the coming days.
Several centres were above 40 degrees Celsius yesterday, including Birdsville where it reached 44, Bedourie and Julia Creek on 43 and it was 42 in Winton.
Forecaster Chris Joseph says temperatures will remain well above average for the remainder of the week and fire dangers are also likely to increase.
"The temperatures across the west are going to be up to 10 to 11 degrees above the average, especially in the Channel Country but elsewhere it's going to be at least three to four degrees [above average] in the central west and about five to seven degrees [above] in the Maranoa and Warrego," he said.
"I don't think we're going to see very much in the way of respite there, those northerlies are just going to keep coming and bringing those warm winds down."
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13:27 EDT A low pressure trough and front have caused widespread rain across New South Wales overnight, with some areas seeing their heaviest 24 hour rain in over a decade.