Queensland topples long-standing temperature records

IF YOU felt that Queensland was hotter than usual this past summer, you were right.

The state broke seven long-standing weather records in January alone, according to new data from the Bureau of Meteorology.

One of several sweltering nights for Brisbane residents, January 21 equalled the record set in 1940 with 28C, which was also the highest January minimum since 2004.

The central western town of Barcaldine also struggled to sleep, registering 30.9C on January 13 for its hottest January night since records began 56 years ago.

Similarly, January daytime temperatures soared above average, with Burketown Airport west of Cairns recording its hottest on record, 47.8C, on January 24, (previous record in 2010), and Maryborough scorched by its hottest day in 61 years of data, reaching 39.6C on January 21 (previous record in 1995).

Meteorologist Adam Blazak said the heightened temperatures were not expected to dissipate in the coming months.

"Over the next three months the southern half of Queensland can expect to see above-average temperatures, with the median temperature predicted to be above normal," he said.

"The temperature varies depending on the location, but for Brisbane it will be around 18-21C for a minimum temperature, and chances are over the next few months we will exceed those figures."

The heat has proved not only "ruff' for Queenslanders but for also their pets.

Mermaid Waters pet owner Haley Hughes said she has been teaching her french bulldog Gus how to swim in the family pool, as he was particularly susceptible to heat.

"The weather has been amazing and hot on the Gold Coast, so we like to get Gus in the pool as often as we can to cool him down," she said.

Breaking records on the rainfall front were Nerada Alert (North Tropical Coast Tablelands) with 308mm on January 9, and nearby Tung Oil Alert with 351mm on the same day. They were the highest January readings in 17 years of data.

News Corp Australia

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