Scorcher forecast for central QldBy Paul Robinson, Tuesday December 4, 2012 - 10:16 EDT
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 2012
More breaking news
Spring was marked by record breaking heat and long dry spells, with only small areas away from that norm.
The project to lift levee banks in the Wagga Wagga CBD to full flood protection has missed out on state government funding.
Several people including babies have been rescued from Lismore Base Hospital in northern New South Wales after the roof of the maternity ward collapsed.