March madness: heat records tumble

Weekend rain a possibility


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Billie Dries took this picture of storm clouds rolling over Pegunny Station, 40km from Moura, on Tuesday afternoon.

Billie Dries took this picture of storm clouds rolling over Pegunny Station, 40km from Moura, on Tuesday afternoon.

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Much of the state sweated through heatwave conditions this week, with several towns breaking records for hottest March day.

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Much of the state sweated through heatwave conditions this week, with several towns breaking records for hottest March day.

Barcaldine got to 42.5 degrees on Monday afternoon, breaking the previous record of 42.2 from 2015, while Emerald hit 41.7, breaking the record of 40.8 degrees that was set in 2007. 

Records were also broken for highest minimum temperatures for the month of March, with the heat not letting up on Monday night and into the early hours of Tuesday.

Roma got to 40.5 degrees on Monday afternoon, dropping to 26.4 overnight, breaking the highest minimum record from 1966 which sat at 25.8 degrees.

Rolleston also broke a long-held record of 24.5 degrees set in 1995, only dropping to 25.3 degrees overnight.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Annabelle Ford said Thursday and Friday would be the last of the hot days across much of the state.

"We should see temperatures come back down to average on the weekend for most places except for the far west," she said. 

"Next week it could warm up again."

Ms Ford said a broad area of the state could see storms on Thursday and through the weekend, with a surface trough spanning from St George, through Roma and Longreach, and up to Mt Isa. 

"Anywhere east of there has got that warm, moist, unstable air mass and that trough will help to trigger storms," she said.

"There's not really much change for the next few days, so if those areas miss out on a storm today, they could still get storms tomorrow and for the weekend."

Parts of the state have already seen storm activity this week, with Mt William, inland of Mackay, recording the highest fall in the seven days to 9am today, with 163mm.

Inland of Bundaberg, Yarrol recorded 147mm over the past week, while areas close to Rockhampton recorded 50mm and Gladstone received 89mm.

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