Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Scorcher forecast for central Qld

By Paul Robinson, Tuesday December 4, 2012 - 10:16 EDT
ABC image
Temperatures are due to soar today (file photo). - ABC

Central Queensland is bracing for a blast of heat, with temperatures to top 40 degrees Celsius in some areas.

It is expected to reach 41 at Clermont, 40 at Emerald and Biloela and 39 at Rockhampton.

Weather bureau spokesman Brendan Bradford says storms moved through the Central Highlands last night, bringing some rain and strong winds.

"We recorded an 82 kilometre an hour gust at Emerald and 9.8 millimetres of rain there," he said.

"Clermont had 1.2, Springsure 1.6, I got a report at Fairbairn Dam of 5mm and for the west of Springsure, Van Dyke Creek had 18mm, so some moderate falls in those thunderstorms but mostly just gusty winds."

He says some relief is on the way tomorrow, but there is a severe fire danger today.

"Very low humidity, very high temperatures, up to 41 degrees in Clermont and Moranbah, so very high to severe fire danger ratings and quite gusty winds in the north-west developing during the day," he said.


- ABC

© ABC 2012

More breaking news

Sydney Morning Herald
ABC News
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

ANZAC Day forecast

11:33 EST

What will the weather be like for dawn services and ANZAC Day marches in Australia's capital cities? Brisbane will be dry with light winds at dawn and the day should stay rain-free, with only the slight chance of a light shower or two.

Perth rainfall is higher than Melbourne, Hobart, London despite reputation for sunny beaches

10:32 EST

Perth may be best known for its idyllic beaches and sunny skies, but the West Australian capital sees more rain than Melbourne, Hobart and London — cities often associated with gloomy, wet weather.

Corals build 'cloud umbrellas' to help keep cool under blazing sun, study says

10:04 EST

Australian researchers have found corals build "cloud umbrellas" to protect themselves from the scorching sun, and say coral loss through bleaching events could have wider ramifications for weather and agricultural production along the Queensland coast.