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Felix Levesque, 24 Oct 2021, 6:33 AM UTC

Southeast Queensland October heat breaks a long-standing record

Southeast Queensland October heat breaks a long-standing record

Parts of southeast Queensland sweated through their hottest October day ever recorded.

A broad trough pushing into eastern parts of the sunny state has been drawing a hot airmass ahead of it, with a dry offshore wind circulation preventing the cooling effects of the seabreeze from kicking in this afternoon. 

This led to temperatures creeping up well above average for this time of year. A new maximum October temperature record was set at Cape Moreton, with the mercury creeping up to 32.3°C just after 3pm, beating the previous October record of 31.5°C. This weather station has been keeping records for 110 years, since 1910. 

Elsewhere in Southeast Queensland, it was the hottest October day in: 

  • 20 years at Bundaberg (34.5°C) 
  • 16 years at Sunshine Coast Ap (36.5°C), Tewantin (36.8°C) and Maryborough (35.5°C) 
  • 12 years at Brisbane Ap (33.2°C) and Redcliff (34.1°C) 
  • 8 years at Coolangatta Ap (33.4°C) 

Satellite imagery showing temperatures in the 30s across southeast Queensland just before 4pm AEDT with dry westerly winds. Cloud with the trough also prevented the full extent of this heat from impacting the region this afternoon. 

A cooling southeasterly wind change will push into the region later today, leading to a drop in temperatures into the start of the working week tomorrow. A return of showers and thunderstorms will further limit heating over the coming days, with a string of days forecast to reach a near-average 27 degrees in Brisbane from Monday to Wednesday.