Temperatures to reach 30 degrees by the weekend
TEMPERATURES are forecast to rise over the coming days, with some areas, such as Coffs Harbour, expected to enjoy the highest temperatures seen since April.
Despite most of us waking up to a chilly Wednesday morning, the Bureau of Meteorology is predicting that most areas will soon be enjoying maximum temperatures of around 30 degrees.
Today, the Sunshine Coast woke to a cold morning after a night which saw temperatures drop to just 8.5 degrees at 1.30am in Maroochydore as dry air pushed through from the west.
Temperatures reached as low as 8.6 degrees in Maryborough, Hervey Bay reached 9.2 degrees, while Gympie and Kingaroy reached 6.3 and 4.7 degrees respectively.
Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Mark Trenorden said a high centred over north-west New South Wales pushed cool, dry south-westerlies through Queensland to the coast
He said it would continue through the next few days but Wednesday morning was set to be the coolest morning this week, although the days are forecast to be much warmer.
Mr Trenorden said the Fraser Coast should expect fine and sunny days for the next six to seven days, with the temperature forecast to reach highs of 29 degrees in Hervey Bay and 34 degrees in Maryborough next Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Weatherzone meteorologist Kim Westcott said Saturday could be the first time the temperature in Coffs Harbour has reached 30 degrees since April.
"Eventually the weather will heat up because you're sitting on a high pressure system," she said. "It won't just be Coffs Harbour that will be warm, it will be right across New South Wales."
The Sunshine Coast is also forecast to see temperature slowly rise to reach 15 to 30 degrees by Saturday.
Sunny conditions are predicted to prevail on the Sunshine Coast for at least the next seven days, but there will be little swell and waves not expected to top the half metre mark.
Toowoomba and the Gold Coast are also forecast to see clear conditions with temperatures peaking on Monday, when they are forecast to reach 13 to 30 degrees, and 16 to 30 degrees respectively.