Justin Clark

More hot days on the way for southern Queensland

THERE'S not a lot of reprieve in sight for Queenslanders who have sweated through one of the hottest months on record.

Heatwave conditions are continuing through southern Queensland and are expected to last until at least next Tuesday.

It follows Brisbane's hottest January on record as the ­mercury sat at an average of 27.2C - well above the standard 25.4C. For the state as a whole, it was the sixth hottest January on record. The hottest day came on January 14 at Amberley with a maximum temperature of 38.7C.

Getting some sleep became quite uncomfortable as well, with overnight minimums reaching the warmest of any month on record for Brisbane.

It was especially uncomfortable on January 21 when it didn't get below 28C overnight.

The rest of the Sunshine State also saw plenty of records being broken in several towns.

A lengthy run of thunderstorms at the start of the month also saw higher-than-average rainfall for Brisbane, drenching the place in 218.4mm overall.

Temperatures are still expected to remain higher than ­average in coming days, including a top of 34C in Brisbane today. Severe heatwave conditions will hit places such as Goondiwindi and St George today, where the mercury is expected to reach 43C.

News Corp Australia

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