11 Oct 2019

Brisbane in for scorching start to week as 'severe' fire risk looms

Searing heat and severe fire conditions in south-east Queensland are expected for the start of the week, with temperatures as much as 12 degrees above the monthly average.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Kimba Wong said it would be "uncommonly" warm for this time of year with the chance Brisbane might endure its hottest October day in 14 years.

"Monday and Tuesday are looking to be the hottest days this week with temperatures through a pretty wide area reaching the mid-to-high 30s," she said.

Ms Wong said the mercury might soar into the low 40s at Ipswich and the Lockyer Valley.

Brisbane was bracing for highs of 34 degrees on Monday and 36 degrees on Tuesday.

The Gold and Sunshine coasts were predicted to be slightly cooler on Monday with highs of 31 and 32 degrees respectively.

If the capital does reach 36 on Tuesday, it will be the hottest October day since 2005.

Ms Wong said warm temperatures might foreshadow a few thunderstorms across the south-east corner.

"We aren't expecting very much rainfall, if any, to come out of those storms though so they actually do just pose the extra challenge for the potential of dry lightning sparking new fires," she said.

"The best chance of rain in the next seven days looks to be next weekend, around Saturday."

"Severe" fire danger warnngs were issued for the Darling Downs, Granite Belt, Warrego and Maranoa regions for Monday.

Those conditions were expected to reach the Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and Brisbane on Tuesday.

"Tuesday is looking to be the worst day in terms of fire weather as well," Ms Wong said.

"We've got freshening north-westerly winds over the next couple of days combining with these hot temperatures to increase fire dangers through the south-east of Queensland.

"It really is the perfect conditions for fires to get going."

A fire ban remains in place for Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Redlands, Ipswich, Somerset, Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim, Logan and Gold Coast areas.

SOURCE ; https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/brisbane-in-for-scorching-start-to-week-as-severe-fire-risk-looms-20191006-p52y2b.html

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