IT'S going to be ridiculously hot again this weekend.
IT'S going to be ridiculously hot again this weekend. cosmin4000

Oh no! Get ready for another heatwave

HINTERLAND areas of the Sunshine Coast will be a furnace again this weekend, with temperatures expected to hit 38 degrees in some places.

The heatwave will return to the region as the week's cooling south-easterly change gives way again to the onset of north/north-westerly winds blowing hot air in from western Queensland.

Beerburrum will hit 35 degrees on Saturday and then 36 degrees on Sunday, with Nambour 35 degrees on Sunday.

To our north, Gympie can expect temperatures of 37 and 38 degrees across the weekend.

It won't be much cooler on the coast with Maroochydore tipped to hit 34 degrees Sunday, in virtually a carbon copy of this week's start.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Vinord Anand said the presence of the cooling south-easterly winds across the region this week would mitigate temperatures to a degree from last weekend's record conditions, but it would still be very hot.

He said there would be a shift from the south-east to a more north/north-westerly direction on Saturday and Sunday, dragging hot air to the coast from inland areas.

Mr Anand said there was a chance of thunderstorms developing late Saturday and into Sunday, making for extreme conditions in the high 30s in the south-east, with Wivenhoe (38), Gatton (38) Ipswich (37) and Laidley (38) equal to the worst we will see here.

The big hope in coastal areas at least is that wind strengths won't top the 25kph now forecast, allowing afternoon sea breezes to develop.

Winds are again from the south-east on Tuesday at 20-30kph on another partly cloudy day where the maximum will hit a relatively cool 30 degrees.

Wednesday will also be partly cloudy with a 30 degree maximum and south-easterlies from 15-25kph, before winds shift easterly on Thursday after being light early.

The maximum won't get over 30 degrees with winds light before shifting east at 15-20kph and only a minimal chance of showers in some places.

Light winds and a sunny day Friday will see temperatures climb a degree to 31 with easterlies continuing at 15-20kph.

Saturday will dawn hot and sunny with north to north-westerly winds at 15-25 kph and the chance of a thunderstorm late in the day and overnight.

Sunday will be the scorcher on a hot and partly cloudy day where the threat of thunderstorms will continue and winds will blow north/north-west at 15-25 kph early before shifting to the north-east in an almost exact replication of the previous week.


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