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Ipswich gets ready to sizzle

IT’S COOL: Swedish visitor Fredrik Stromblad, 5, cools down at Bundamba Swim Centre.
IT’S COOL: Swedish visitor Fredrik Stromblad, 5, cools down at Bundamba Swim Centre. Claudia Baxter

IPSWICH will be hotter than any other part of the south-east corner for at the least the next five days.

Summer will kick off early with a sizzling 37C daily maximum predicted to last from tomorrow until Monday.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster John Gardner said temperatures were expected to rise across the state, but Ipswich was set to top the south-east's temperature charts.

"We are expecting things to heat up over the next few days," he said.

"Ipswich is expected to be the hottest place in the south east."

Mr Gardner said the bureau was expecting Ipswich and adjoining regions to remain hot for some time.

"I expect it will be quite hot in Gatton, Beaudesert and Boonah as well," Mr Gardner said.

Despite the dry spell, Mr Gardner said the south-east would remain humid due to air off the ocean.

The bureau's predictions were backed by a Weatherzone.com.au forecast for the temperature to remain at 37 until at least Monday with only a slight chance of any cooling rain.

With the mercury yesterday hitting 31 degrees, people were already flocking to Ipswich swimming holes.

Swedish tourist Jonas Stromblad and his family dropped into the Bundamba pool to escape the heat.

"It was getting hot today, so what better place to be than the pool," he said.

"It gets to about 30 degrees in Sweden in the summer so this isn't completely new to us."

Other local water spots, including the newly opened Riverheart water park, are expected to see bumper crowds this weekend.

The predicted heat wave is being caused by a trough through inland Queensland and a lack of cloud cover across the region warming up the atmosphere.

Predicted maximums of 37 degrees would be the hottest of the month, by less than a degree, but nearly 10 degrees above November's average temperature of 29.8.

The record temperature for November according to Weatherzone is 42.1 degrees recorded in 1944 at Amberley.

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