Sunny skies for Mackay and stable weather
Sunny skies for Mackay and stable weather Michael Nolan

Heatwave shuts CQ shops

THE heat is on in the Coalfields with temperatures forcing the closure of a Moranbah takeaway shop until the mercury falls.

Gerke's Burgers and Takeaway has a post on its Facebook page announcing to customers that it was closing its door until 5pm because of the heat.

"Sorry for any inconveniences, see you all for tea," it reads.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, temperatures have risen in Moranbah from a minimum of 20.5 degrees at 5am to an maximum of 34.6 degrees at 11.30am --- and rising.

Forecaster Sam Campbell says it's the north-westerly hot air that has increased temperatures significantly over the past few days.

"This is what we see when we have north-westerly hot air over the coalfields and inland areas," he said.

He said the inland air has also crossed the south east of the state causing extreme high temperatures around Wide Bay in the past few days.

Southern parts of Queensland have been sweltering, but Mackay has been spared most of the extreme heat because of the strong coastal air stream.

"The east-northeast wind from the ocean is keeping temperatures down (in Mackay)," he said.

"There is no coast change likely for Mackay in the next few days."

Weekend forecast

Mackay

Saturday 21-31, partly cloudy. Light winds becoming easterly 25 to 35 km/h in the morning.

Sunday 21-31, partly cloudy. Light winds becoming east to southeasterly 25 to 35 km/h.

Moranbah

Saturday 20-33, possible storm. Light winds becoming northeast to southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h in the late afternoon.

Sunday 19-34, possible storm. Winds northeast to southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h becoming light during the afternoon.

Proserpine

Saturday 20-33, partly cloudy. Winds east to northeasterly 15 to 20 km/h becoming light early in the morning.

Sunday 20-33, partly cloudy. Winds east to southeasterly 15 to 25 km/h becoming easterly 25 to 35 km/h during the morning.



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