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Inland QLD sweltering in record early spring heat

Ben McBurney, Sunday September 15, 2013 - 16:22 EST

Inland parts of Queensland have been baking in record early spring heat this week, as clear skies have combined with an unseasonably hot air mass.

At Longreach, the mercury has now soared in excess of 36 degrees the last five days, the first time this has occurred since 2002, and this early in spring on record. If the town also manages to reach the forecast of 36 degrees tomorrow, this will be the first time on record this has occurred in September.

In Emerald, it has reached at least 34 degrees the past five days, a record for this early in the year after winter. The town is forecast to reach 34 degrees until at least Thursday, which would mean it would smash its previous record of six consecutive days of 34 degrees or above which has occurred three times in the past.

On Thursday the 12th, Julia Creek hit 40 degrees, the earliest 40 degree day in QLD this early in the warming season on record. The town also managed to hit 40 degrees on Saturday, the first time 40 degrees has occurred twice in September in the sites 12 year history.

The record early spring warmth is certainty not what is needed across QLD, with much of the state's west drought declared, with some places not seeing rain in months.

Unfortunately, the earliest indications of any significant cooling over the region does not look like occurring until very late in the month or early October. This means many places in the region are a good chance of seeing their hottest September's on record.

There doesn't seem to be any signs of any good rainfall on the horizon either. only the state's south is likely to pick up some decent falls on Monday and Tuesday, with less than 2mm or no rain likely further north from about Charleville.

- Weatherzone

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