It has been a warm week for South East Queensland with gusty northwesterly winds bringing up the temperatures over the last few days. After a warmer than average start to the week which saw maximums of about one or two degrees above average, temperatures started heating up as troughs directed hot and gusty northwesterly winds across the region.
The maximum of 31.4 degrees on Wednesday for the Gold Cast was eight degrees above the average, however, Thursday saw a much cooler day as the sea breeze effect kicked in to keep the maximum close to the mid 20s.
Coolangatta saw ten degrees above average on Wednesday with a top of 32.7 degrees. Thursday saw a slight cooling with temperatures still five degrees above the September average.
Ipswich recorded a maximum of 34.5 degrees on Wednesday which was nine degrees above the average and 33.4 on Thursday, eight above average.
Further west, Gatton had a very warm two-day period with Wednesday and Thursday seeing temperatures reaching 34 degrees for both days, eight above the long term average.
Looking ahead, the weekend will see a line of storms move through the southeast with a trough on Saturday bringing some afternoon/evening storms. In particular Brisbane and the Gold Coast will see its best chance of storm activity on Saturday.
Temperature-wise there is no great relief in sight with warm, above average temperatures expected throughout the next week as troughs will continue to deliver hot winds to southeast Queensland. The Gold Coast can expect temperatures two to three degrees above average, Ipswich four to eight and Gatton up to five degrees above the long term norm.
© Weatherzone 2013
16:12 EDT For one farmer in southern New South Wales the exceptional conditions has him thinking that Christmas is coming early.