Southeast in firing line of ‘very unusual’ 40C-plus heatwave

A HEATWAVE is sweeping the nation and southeast Queenslanders are in the firing line.

As Queensland's north endures through more heavy rain, the Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting "very uncomfortable" conditions for the south.

Another warning from BOM has areas above Townsville to prepare for large storms.



Southeast Queensland will rise to some sweltering 40C days but it will be the humidity making them almost unbearable.

Ipswich starts its climb today reaching a high 35C and is forecast to hit a humid 39C on Monday.

BOM meteorologist Livio Regano says this won't be a normal hot day, suggesting "you're better off not being outside."

"It's not going to be a bone dry 'Melbourne 39C', it's going to be humid and very uncomfortable," he said.

The temperatures are only a couple of degrees above average but the humid conditions enhance the already 'steamy conditions.'

"In terms of temperatures alone, it's not that extreme, what's different is that the humidity is very high so the nights are very, very warm."

These conditions will plague the southeast with Logan and Brisbane to hit a muggy 35C on Monday.

Even though the Gold and Sunshine Coasts will miss the hot temperatures the trough hanging off the coast will maintain the humidity.

A cooler change is predicted to come around midway through next week but this only returns temperatures to normal summer conditions.

Gatton and Laidley are forecast to cook in the 40C range over early next week with Beaudesert hitting just under that.

The hottest temperature in Queensland coming from Thargomindah reaching 43C tomorrow.



With the heat coming up through New South Wales, the ACT has a currently total ban in place with 41 and 42 degrees forecast over the coming days.

Parts of central and northern NSW will reach 45 degrees over the coming days.