South Bank should be a popular place this weekend, with the mercury tipped to soar.Can’t escape the heat or discussion about the weather?
Don’t expect that to change on Saturday.
Brisbane’s top temperature is predicted to be five degrees above the January average of 29 degrees this weekend and with a rise in the mercury comes an increase in whingeing.
Brisbane is predicted to reach 34 degrees, Ipswich 39 and the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, buffeted by the sea breeze, 32 degrees.
Compounding the heat hater’s despair – there is no immediate relief in sight, unlike last weekend when promises of a cool change helped people limp towards Monday.
Senior forecaster with the Bureau of Meteorology, Bryan Rolstone, said the wind was to blame.
“The winds have changed and when that change went through [on Monday], south easterly winds followed it and brought up the cool from the southern latitudes,” he said.
“But of course that didn’t last and the winds eventually turned round to the north and we have north easterlies now bringing down the humid air from the Coral Sea.
“And of course it is hot over the interior because we have northerly winds as well. So it is just a change in the wind direction, which has changed all the temperatures.”
And that hot summer wind won’t change back in a hurry.
“But what will happen is after the weekend, the air flow will become more easterly rather than northerly so it will gradually come from the easterly direction, which comes from the ocean, so temperatures will drop off very gradually,” Mr Rolstone said.
The southeast will also miss out on the cooling summer storms – those will be found west, Mr Rolstone said, so the Darling Downs and Ipswich could expect some relief, but as has been the story this summer, the coast will miss out.
“What will happen is once the easterly winds become established, that will bring in some very light showers from the east,” Mr Rolstone said.
“That will come in late at night or early in the morning – Monday morning, Tuesday and Wednesday – but not much in the day, a few millimetres at best.”
But what is in Queensland’s favour is those winds that are bringing the heat aren’t strong enough to whip up the extreme fire conditions which have created a nightmare for firefighters in New South Wales and Victoria.
“They had very strong north west winds and of course very high temperatures and that led to the explosive fire situation down there, but we don’t have that wind factor, so it won’t be as high,” Mr Rolstone said.
The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.