Ipswich roasts in mid-30s

JUST in case you forgot we are still in summer, Mother Nature will give the Ipswich region a reminder with some scorching-hot days starting this weekend.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM), today will be a taste of things to come with the mercury tipped to hit the 32C mark.

From there, it becomes even hotter tomorrow (34C) and Monday (35C) promising to push Ipswich residents to the nearest fan, air-conditioned room or swimming pool.

There is also a chance of showers today and tomorrow with the possibility of afternoon storms on Monday.

But the BOM predicts that will be the end of the heat wave with a cool change on Monday night to bring maximum temperatures back to 28C for most of next week.

Meteorologist Anthony Duke from weatherzone.com.au said the hot weekend could be put down to heat building up in the Northern Territory.

He said a trough stretching from the Northern Territory to Victoria would produce north-westerly winds that would blow the heat in our direction.

“As the trough moves north, eventually there’ll be a wind change from the south late on Monday, and that will cool temperatures down,” he said.

“That wind change will probably bring some showers on Monday night.”

To be the hottest day of the year so far, Monday will have to pass the 36C mark which was recorded on January 18. The next hottest day was February 4 when the temperature reached 34.1C. These all pale in comparison to the February record for highest temperature, which was an unbearable 42.6C recorded in 1952.

For the rest of next week there are showers possible each day until Thursday at least.

According to the Weather Channel, after months of heavy rain and flooding, one of Australia’s strongest La Nina events has passed its peak.

Meteorologist Tom Saunders said despite the system weaken- ing, the wet weather was far from over with two more months remaining in the wet season.

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