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Spring heatwave delivers scorching temperatures inland and thunderstorms in south-east Queensland

By Holly Richardson and staff, Tuesday November 17, 2020 - 19:33 EDT
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Storm clouds brew at Rosewood, west of Ipswich. - ABC licensed

Thunderstorms with damaging winds, hail and heavy rainfall rumbled across south-east Queensland this afternoon, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) says.

The BOM cancelled its severe thunderstorm warning at 6:15pm for Ipswich, Gympie, Somerset, Brisbane City and Moreton Bay council areas.

It said the storms were no longer affecting areas east of Dalby from Rainbow Beach to Stanthorpe.

The storms brought 2cm-sized hailstones and rain to Rosewood, near Ipswich, about 5:00pm.

The same area was that caused damage to cars, windows and roofs.

Hot days and nights

The spring heatwave has delivered some scorching temperatures across inland and western areas.

Yesterday, the Maranoa, Warrego and Central West regions recorded some of the .

Overnight, Longreach has recorded its hottest minimum temperature for November since records began 55 years ago.

The mercury did not fall below 29.5 degrees Celsius this morning.

The Gympie region sweltered in 36C heat, 6C above the November average.

At nearby Kybong, Forage Farms owner Stuart Andrews said while his staff were used to the heat, special care and attention had to be paid to the animals on warmer days.

"The chicks and pigs struggle in the heat," he said.

"It's about 35 degrees that the chickens really suffer, so if you get above 35 degrees and 50 per cent humidity that's almost at the point the chickens are ready to keel over — so you need to be really careful they have enough shade, air flow and cool water.

"Pigs pant to keep themselves cool, but they have areas that are shady and wet that they can cool down — we put our misters on for them to stay a bit cooler too."

Mr Andrews said while heat was one challenge of working on a farm, humidity was the real killer.

"Yesterday was even worse — the humidity was higher and that takes a greater toll on the animals and the humans than just the heat," he said.

"But everyone's fine — this is just another day [for Kybong]."

Yesterday, St George recorded a maximum of 43.2C, its hottest November day since 2015, and it reached 42.2C in Roma, the town's hottest day in six years.

Reprieve on the way

BOM forecaster Ricus Lombard said while the temperatures were not breaking any major records, it had been a while since temperatures were this warm.

He said the trough should move east towards the Darling Downs today, bringing heat and humidity.

"These areas through the Darling Downs and through south-east parts can still expect temperatures around 5 to 7 degrees above average," he said.

Mr Lombard said western parts of the region could expect temperatures 8C above average today.

But a slight reprieve is not far away with temperatures expected to dip in the west in coming days.

"You're getting down to temperatures around the high 30s rather than into the 40s through the Maranoa and Warrego, still getting up [to] 41 around the Longreach and further north, into the north-west," he said.

"A little bit of relief but not significantly so, but still getting 5 degrees cooler than what they had."


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