Heat headed for Queensland
A pool of hot air that is currently passing over southern Australia will drift north later in the week and produce extreme heatwave conditions in parts of Queensland.
As the air mass spreads over the state, it will become noticeably warmer across much of central and southern Queensland during the weekend.
The upcoming hot spell will last long enough to be classified as a heatwave for parts of all 15 of the state's weather districts.
The highest temperatures in the period are likely to occur in the western inland during the first half of next week.
Longreach is forecast to reach 45 degrees on Monday and Tuesday, which is nine above average and close to their February record of 45.6 degrees from 1960.
Further east, Dalby is forecast to reach 39-40 degrees for five consecutive days between Sunday and Thursday.
The heat should abate slightly towards the end of next week, although temperatures are expected to remain above average in many areas.
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