WARM WEEK: (From left) Elzanne Snyman, 14, Samantha Burns, 11, and Nicolene Snyman, 10 make the most of the hot weather.
WARM WEEK: (From left) Elzanne Snyman, 14, Samantha Burns, 11, and Nicolene Snyman, 10 make the most of the hot weather. Elyse Wurm

It's hot, but not quite a heatwave

SWELTERING weather is set to reach most of Queensland this week but Warwick is likely to escape the heatwave.

Bureau of Meteorology forecastor Adam Woods said it would be warm but Warwick was close enough to the coast to benefit from its cooler winds.

"There is an upper ridge so you have subsiding air mass and as a result you tend to get hot conditions,” he said.

"South easterlies keep things around average so that's why we're seeing none of that heat close to the coast.”

Warwick is predicted to reach a top of 29 today and tomorrow before temperatures start to climb later in the week, with 32 degrees predicted for Wednesday and 34 for Thursday.

Mr Woods said temperatures would be five to seven degrees above average later in the week.

"It will be warm still around those parts of the Downs and Saturday Warwick is 6 degrees above average, so not cool by measure,” he said.

Mr Woods said a heatwave was classified as consecutive days well above the average temperature.

South-west Queensland is predicted to be hit by a low intensity heatwave between today and Wednesday, before escalating into a severe heatwave towards the end of the week.

Extreme heatwave is also forecast to affect the Queensland interior from Thursday to Saturday.



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