Hot, hot, hot! - Temperatures soar as our summer comes early

By ROXANNE MILLAR

BRING out the bikini, boardies and beer because summer is almost here!

For the past three weeks the Tweed has been experiencing an unseasonal hot flush, as temperatures heat up to rival mid-summer averages.

Late last month temperatures hit highs of 29.9 degrees on Monday September 27, 31.2 degrees on Tuesday 28th and 30 degrees on Wednesday and Thursday.

These highs have continued into October, reaching a record for the month when the mercury raced up to 35.9 degrees on Friday.

Statistics show these figures are above the daily average maximums of up to 29.6 degrees recorded for all summer months.

They are also only a whisker away from breaking the record-high temperature of 37.1 degrees recorded for October. Most of all, they are well above the October average daily maximum of 26.2 degrees.

And it doesn't look like conditions are going to get any cooler.

Brisbane's Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Kevin Hutchins said north-westerly winds from the hot interior would keep the mercury rising.

"The hot temperatures could be explained by strong north-westerlies that came ahead of a trough approaching the area," he said.

"It may be warmer than average on Friday again, but cooler on Saturday."

Mr Hutchins said he expected the hot temperatures to last for a little while as the warm north-westerlies stick around.



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