Gayndah and the Wide Bay Burnett expecting to reach a top of 39 degrees later today.
Gayndah and the Wide Bay Burnett expecting to reach a top of 39 degrees later today. Sam Turner

Gayndah to reach sweltering temps

THE Wide Bay Burnett is experiencing a drastic heatwave today, expecting to reach a sweltering top of 39° in Gayndah and Eidsvold, and 38 in Monto today, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

This drastic rise in temperature is coming off the back of yesterday, which also reached a top of 39°.

Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster Dean Narramore said the sudden rise in temperature was due to a pool of hot air over Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory.

"We've also had a cold front that's moved through the southern parts of Australia, dragging the heat over central Australia and Queensland,” Mr Narramore said.

"So with that happening we saw those high temperatures and westerly and north westerly winds reach 39 and 40° in some parts yesterday.”

Mr Narramore said the same would happen today, where most of the area would rise into the high 30s, "including the odd 40 here and there”.

"We'll begin to see a trough over that which will bring a cooler change, and you'll notice the temperature will go back down into the low 30s,” Mr Narramore said.

"Towards the end of the week we'll see more southerly winds replacing those northerly winds, where we'll see temperatures drop to the high and mid 20s, and even some showers and thunderstorms could return moving in to the weekend.”

"So hopefully there'll be some more welcome rain for those lucky enough to get it.”

Area commander of Gayndah fire command Kent Freeman said the Queensland fire services were now on a "higher alert today” due to the extreme weather.

"We're looking at what we call 'leaning forward', and in view of activating ICCs if we get strong winds and higher temperatures today,” Mr Freeman said.

ICCs or Incident Control Centres are placed in strategic locations around the region, allowing emergency fire services to "co-ordinate resources as required for bushfire incidents”.

"These centres are placed in Kingaroy, Gayndah, Maryborough and Bundaberg, and they're in preparation for the hotter weather,” Mr Freeman said.

"We're on the front foot now, depending on what the weather does.”


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