Shutterbug. A double whammy lightning bolt looking SW of Gympie taken from Cartwright Rd Sunday night. Wayne Hewitt
Shutterbug. A double whammy lightning bolt looking SW of Gympie taken from Cartwright Rd Sunday night. Wayne Hewitt Wayne Hewitt

Get set to sizzle and then batten down the hatches

STORMS are being predicted every day for the next six days in Gympie. 

And things are starting to feel distinctly summery outside with the Bureau of Meteorology's gauge saying it is was 37.2 degrees Celsius at 12.30pm. 

Things have hopefully started to come off the boil a bit with the mercury actually dropping a touch - it was at 36.9 at 1.30pm and the wind has swung around to south after a morning of relentless, hot westerlies. 

Karleen McTaggart: Driving south at Jones Hill/The Dawn on the Mary Valley highway.
Karleen McTaggart: Driving south at Jones Hill/The Dawn on the Mary Valley highway. Contributed

There is a low chance we'll get a wet and wild change this evening but don't hold your breath - the BOM is putting the chances at 20%. 

However at this stage things are looking like taking a distinct turn towards thunder and lightning on Saturday with the BOm saying there is an 80% chance of showers and a thunderstorm in the afternoon. 

Temperatures are expected to stay above 30 degrees everyday for the next week. 

The weir near Kidd Bridge.
The weir near Kidd Bridge. Patrick Woods

Read the BOM's full forecast below

Thursday

Max 38

Hot. Sunny morning. Slight (20%) chance of a shower or thunderstorm this afternoon. Winds westerly 15 to 20 km/h shifting east to southeasterly 20 to 30 km/h in the late afternoon then becoming southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h in the evening.

Friday

Min 18 Max 30

Cloudy. Slight (30%) chance of a shower or thunderstorm in the afternoon. Light winds.

Saturday

Min 17 Max 30

Cloudy. High (80%) chance of showers, most likely in the morning and afternoon. The chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon and evening. Light winds.

Sunday

Min 16 Max 31

Partly cloudy. Medium (60%) chance of showers, most likely in the morning and afternoon. The chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon and evening. Light winds.

Monday

Min 16 Max 31

Partly cloudy. Medium (60%) chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm. Light winds.

Tuesday

Min 15 Max 33

Partly cloudy. Medium (50%) chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm. Light winds.

Wednesday

Min 16 Max 34

Partly cloudy. Medium (60%) chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm later in the day. Light winds.

 


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