By Ashleigh Stevenson, staff
While south-east Queensland welcomes a dip in the mercury today, sweltering conditions are set to continue across several parts of the state, including the some parts of the tropical coast.
It is predicted to hit 45 degrees in Longreach today, 44 in Roma and 42 in Emerald.
Closer to the coast it will reach 40 in Rockhampton and further north in Charters Towers.
Yesterday, it was hottest out west in Windorah, south of Longreach, where it reached 47.3 degrees.
Residents of Charleville battled through a sweltering 46 degrees.
It could even get hotter in some parts of the west today.
By 9.30am (AEST) the mercury had already passed 40 degrees at Windorah and it was nudging 40 at Longreach.
Sleeping it off
Grazier Ann Britton from Boulia, west of Longreach, says locals know how to cope with the extreme heat.
“It’s a bit of common sense – get up fairly early in the morning, get all your work done that you need to get done and basically siesta during the day,” she said.
“Then [we] might kick off again in the afternoon when it cools down a bit.”
Weather bureau forecaster Brett Harrison says conditions will ease for Brisbane and the south-east coastal regions, with expected maximums around 29 or 30.
But he says there will be little reprieve for inland Queensland until the weekend.
“We’ve got a very static pattern at the moment with very warm air being experienced through mostly southern and western Queensland,” he said.
“At this stage we’re looking at Longreach with a forecast of 45 degrees being the highest in the state.
The extreme conditions could last until the weekend for inland Queensland.
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