HOT WEATHER: Michael and Alexander Balto enjoying the warm weather at Nielson Park Beach. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
HOT WEATHER: Michael and Alexander Balto enjoying the warm weather at Nielson Park Beach. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

Man it's a hot one...could today's heat break records?

TODAY could break the record for the hottest May day in Bundaberg if temperatures go much over 31 degrees - the maximum forecast by the Bureau of Meteorology.

Forecaster Adam Blazak said today's heat was caused by an "intense trough" moving across the state.

"In front of the trough, the wind flow is north west," he said.

"The air is moving from the north west of the state towards the coastal communities in the south east.

"The air over central and northern Queensland is very hot, and this north westerly wind brings all that hot air down over us."

The trough is the same system that brought Birdsville its best rain in five years this week.

"It's about to cross the coast around the Gold Coast now and it will slowly work its way up the coast over the next couple of days," Mr Blazak said.

In May, forecasters normally expect tops of 24.7 degrees.

The hottest May day in Bundaberg on record reached 31.7 in 1923, although "measurements from back then are less than reliable sometimes," Mr Blazak said.

Last week, on May 2, the mercury reached 30.5 degrees.

"That's the hottest May day since 2007," he said.

"We've had three temperatures above 30 since 2007. But before 2007, 1968 is the hottest - so you'd have to go back another 40 years to find a day that hot."

Thankfully a southerly change is set to arrive just before midnight tonight.

"Behind this trough we'll be getting cool, dry air and the temperatures will drop back to more what we should see for this time of year," Mr Blazak said.

"Those temperatures will start to drop away - there will still be a bit of cloud hanging around on Wednesday, but that should start to clear away on Thursday and there will be dry air above us."

Night time temperatures may be one or two degrees cooler and daytime a little warmer due to the lack of cloud cover.

"The main difference you should notice is the drop in humidity - and it will start to feel a lot more like autumn."

Our heatwave follows a cold snap in Toowoomba.



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