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October temperature records fall as southern Queensland bakes through heat wave

Craig Zonca and Cassie Hough, Monday October 27, 2014 - 17:03 EDT
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Cattle for sale at Roma saleyards where October temperature records have been broken - ABC

Southern Queensland has sweltered through some of the hottest weather ever recorded in October.

St George (42.6), Toowoomba (36.4 degrees), Oakey (39.1) and Applethorpe (34.7) today experienced their hottest October days on record.

The exceptionally warm weather also saw the record books re-written on Sunday in Cunnamulla, with a top of 42 degrees Celsius, and Goondiwindi, which hit 40.6.

Roma livestock agent Cyril Close says the hot, dry weather is knocking around the last bit of feed.

"It's going to push cattle into the marketplace which people were trying to hang on to and hoping to get a shower or storm."

Just over 6,000 head of cattle are booked in at Roma ahead of the regular Tuesday store sale.

"Locally everyone's living on just short pick from a few scattered storms so once this heat hits and that goes then the only option is to market more cattle," said Mr Close.

The hot weather also doesn't bode well for summer crops planted onto marginal moisture.

Agronomist Paul McIntosh explains the crops that have been planted are struggling to access moisture to get secondary roots down.

"A lot of crops that are newly planted are existing on primary root growth which has just got one or two little hair roots into the moisture so these hot days they dry out the top quite significantly and just makes it hard for our plant to establish itself well."

Grass crops such as sorghum, corn and millet crops are expected to be most affected, while cotton is better adapted for these conditions with tap roots able to access the moisture further down.


© ABC 2014

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