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Hot damn: Shock heat coming our way

GYMPIE residents will be excused for thinking we've skipped straight through to summer this week as day-time temperatures shoot to well-above average.

The forecast shows top temperatures hotting up all week before reaching a peak of 31 degrees on Thursday, which is eight degrees above the average for this time of year in Gympie.

Today is expected to reach a top of 28 degrees, tomorrow 29 degrees and Wednesday 30 degrees.

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While the term heatwave is reserved for summer extremes, Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Diana Eadie said the approaching weather will be a "significant spell of above average temperatures.”

She said the increased temperatures are caused by a very stagnant upper high pressure system or ridge in the upper atmosphere bringing a subsidiary air mass.

FORECAST: Gympie to get a hot shock this week with a forecast high of 31 degrees on Thursday. Courtesy of Weatherzone.
FORECAST: Gympie to get a hot shock this week with a forecast high of 31 degrees on Thursday. Courtesy of Weatherzone. Contributed

The good news is the shock of high temperatures will not stick around as a cooler air mass drops the day-time temperatures back to the average of 23 degrees on the weekend.

Ms Eadie said while night-time temperatures will be slightly warmer than average they are not changing as significantly as during the day.

No rain is predicted for the week.

Gympie Times


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