Danica Reece, 16, of Flinders View, enjoys an ice-cream to cool off after school.
Danica Reece, 16, of Flinders View, enjoys an ice-cream to cool off after school. David Nielsen

Summer heat lingers

IT might have been the first day of autumn but yesterday felt more like a summer's day with the mercury hitting 33.7ºC.

That high was reached about 2pm at the Amberley recording station, and it followed Monday's 33ºC mark recorded at 3.30pm.

It was even warmer at Gatton, where the temperature soared to 34.7ºC in the afternoon.

Today and tomorrow should both reach 32ºC before conditions start easing into the high 20s on Friday and at the weekend.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, Ipswich residents could see some rain, with showers and storms forecast all the way into next week.

A storm and showers are possible today, with showers and the chance of storms on Thursday and Friday.

Showers will then ease on Saturday before possibly returning on Sunday and Monday.

If it feels like you've had more than your fair share of rain recently, then you're probably right – the summer just gone was the region's wettest on record.

The total for last summer was 824.8mm – 365.2mm in December, 319mm in January and 140.6mm for February.

Fears that heavy rains could continue until April forced the operators of the Wivenhoe Dam to make more water releases to increase its flood mitigation capacity.



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