Temperatures soared across much of Queensland today, making it one of the state’s hottest days this summer.
At least 17 Queensland towns were expected to soar to at least 40 degrees Celsius today, and records were broken in a number of western locations.
St George in the state’s south-west reached an all-time record of 45.5C and Roma topped its previous record with 44.7C.
Charleville also had its hottest December day in more than 100 years, reaching 46.0C.
Brisbane reached a top of 34.3C at 11.30am (AEST), just below its predicted high of 35C.
Forecaster Dean Narramore says the state has smashed a number of weather records this year.
“We’re already on track for the hottest year on record and a number of records – hottest spring (for example), but this will really round out one of our hottest years on record, not only for Queensland but possibly the country as well,” he said.
While today has not broken the record for the state’s hottest day of the year, it was among the steamiest days so far this summer, and Mr Narramore says more hot weather is on the way.
“Pretty much west of the Great Dividing Range can be expected to see a sustained period of pretty exceptional heat,” he said.
“So there’s really no cooling effects for many places in inland Queensland right up until next weekend.”
A line of storms swept through the state’s south-east, Central Highlands, Coalfields and Wide Bay regions.
Electricity supplier Energex reported thousands of homes and businesses across Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast and Gympie had lost power.
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