Little reprieve as hot conditions to continue
QUEENSLANDERS are being warned to expect little reprieve from this heat with the weather bureau forecasting a hotter-than-normal summer.
The Bureau of Meteorology's Summer Outlook, released morning, has forecast an 80 per cent chance for temperatures to exceed average conditions over the next three months.
BoM's long-range forecasting manager Dr Andrew Watkins said the outlook showed continuing hot conditions and little rainfall.
"Summer in Australia typically brings hot temperatures for many communities and the outlook indicates this summer will be no different," Dr Watkins said.
"We've already seen extremely hot temperatures through parts of north and central Queensland in recent days and this should act as an important reminder of the kinds of conditions we can get during an Australian summer.
"In terms of rainfall, the outlook shows a drier than average three months is likely for large parts of Western Australia, Queensland and the Top End of the Northern Territory. For the rest of the country there is no strong push indicating wetter or drier than average conditions.
"Having said that, locally heavy rainfall events similar to what we have seen in New South Wales in the last two days are always a possibility during summer, no matter what the outlook is showing."
It follows after BoM state manager Bruce Gunn this morning said the current heatwave saw record breaking temperatures and unprecedented fire conditions.
"This exceptional heat and fire event will continue," he said.
"The period of high temperatures is unprecedented.
"(There has been) three consecutive days above 40C in Cairns, we've never seen that before.
"Catastrophic fire conditions in Rockhampton, in the past record in Queensland (catastrophic conditions have lasted) only a few minutes; yesterday we had catastrophic conditions sustained for three-and-a-half hours.
"Extreme heatwave conditions will continue."