Gympie hits round 2 as weekend heatwave looms
THOSE still reeling from the extraordinarily hot conditions seen across Gympie may have to steel themselves again, with temperatures predicted to rise again this weekend.
With an expected maximum of 37 degrees, the mercury isn't expected to hit the highs seen last weekend, the causes remain the same.
"What we saw across a lot of Eastern Australia was a large mass of hot air that had been building for weeks,” said Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Brett Harrison.
"It's the same phenomenon, but the temperature hasn't been building for as long, which is why it isn't so extreme.”
Sunday may bring some relief to Gympie with perfect conditions for thuderstorms, hopefully delivering some much needed rain for the region.
The beginning of the year has been dismal in terms of rainfall, with only 5.2mm of rain recorded this month alone.
"Conditions are looking good for a thunderstorm on Sunday, you've got a lot of factors working in it's favour,” he said.
"With high temperatures, and a lot of moisture in the are, there's definitely a good chance.”