Charlie Newham, age 7, and Bailey Newham, age 6, cooling off at Yeppoon Main Beach this week.
Charlie Newham, age 7, and Bailey Newham, age 6, cooling off at Yeppoon Main Beach this week. Sharyn O'Neill ROK301213scool1

Temperatures to soar to 48 degrees in Queensland

IF you think it's hot in your neck of the woods, spare a thought for the people of Birdsville who are expecting a top temperature of 48 degrees this week.

Temperatures in Brisbane are expected to hit a sultry 39 degrees on Saturday.

The Bureau of Meteorology on Wednesday predicted a 48 degree maximum for the western Queensland town of Birdsville, where locals have reported tar stuck to the tyres of passing freight trucks.

Temperatures across Queensland are expected to be five degrees to 10 degrees above the average in the next few days.

At 12 noon on Thursday, the following maximums were being reported:

Birdsville 45.8C

Richmond in Northern Goldfields 40.2

Winton in Central West 40.7

The Monument in North West 43.9

Roma 37.3

Charleville 37.9

Mackay 33.5

Gladstone 34.3

Rockhampton 35.2

Toowoomba 31.7

Nambour on Sunshine Coast 32.9

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A hot dry mass of air stagnating in the nation's interior is behind the latest heat wave.

In South Australia on Wednesday, Tarcoola recorded a maximum of 48.2 degrees Celsius.



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