Imogen Bayliss, Gracie Braddon and Ella Braddon escape the midday heat at the Norville Pools.
Imogen Bayliss, Gracie Braddon and Ella Braddon escape the midday heat at the Norville Pools. Mike Knott

Autumn off to a scorching start

YESTERDAY marked the hottest start to the autumn season in 18 years, after the mercury soared to 32.5 degrees early in the afternoon.

Bundaberg wasn't the only regional area battling the heat, as the whole of southern Queensland experienced higher than average maximum temperatures.

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Brian Rolstone said the northerly winds were to blame for the sweltering conditions, and relief was on the way.

“From today, the maximum temperatures will drop as the chance of thunderstorms and showers increase,” he said.

Mr Rolstone said the southerly winds now in South Australia and Victoria were set to cool Bundy down in the coming days.

“The wind will eventually work its way up to our part of the world,” he said.

The forecaster said despite starting the season on a hot note, the temperatures were not out of the ordinary for this time of year.

“We just happened to have started the season with northerly winds,” he said.

“If we started with southerly winds, temperatures would have been below average.”

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