Queensland is set to swelter through the coming weekend, with warnings of a “humid, sticky and uncomfortable night” on the way.
Brisbane is expected to be one of the worst cities affected come Friday as the mercury climbs to the mid-30s.
A severe heatwave warning for the Wide Bay and Burnett and Southeast Coast districts was issued by the Bureau of Meteorology on Monday.
On Thursday, severe thunderstorms were forecast for parts of the inland north, with the bureau forecasting heavy rainfall that could lead to flash flooding.
Maximum temperatures across Brisbane climbed to 31 degrees.
“Parts of the southeast may also see severe storms, with potential heavy rain or damaging winds, plus a slight risk of large hail,” the bureau tweeted on Thursday morning.
Between 1-4mm of rain is also forecast for Brisbane over the weekend.
Maximum temperatures climbed to the high 20s and low 30s, but come Friday and Saturday Brisbane’s temperatures will reach a maximum of 34 degrees.
This will only drop to 31 degrees by Sunday.
The heatwave warning remains in place for the east coast, with locations like Bundaberg, the Brisbane metropolitan area, Beaudesert, Caboolture, Caloundra, Maryborough and Redcliffe likely to be affected.
A tropical air mass hanging over the Sunshine State’s east is to blame for the oppressive conditions, including a humidity of 60 per cent.
Sky News meteorologist Alison Osborne on Monday said the overnight minimum temperatures for Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast remained in the mid-20s but the “feels-like” temperature was higher because of the humidity.
“With another humid, sticky and uncomfortable night on the way tonight, this is increasing the risk of heat-related injury and heat stress,” Ms Osborne said.
Ms Osborne said a monsoon trough making its way through central Australia would slowly move into central Queensland over the next 24 hours.
She said the rain could bring some relief for South East Queensland.
The heatwave is expected to last until Saturday when a southerly change moves up from NSW and into the southern Queensland coast, according to Weatherzone.
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