More sizzling days to come
GYMPIE’S sweltering Tuesday temperature came close to a record high for November, with many locals reporting 40°C and above, although the official recording was 39.1°C at 3pm.
Late Tuesday afternoon a line of severe thunderstorms moved across the region but little damage was reported in the local area.
However, more than 13,000 lightning strikes were recorded across the southeast region with lightning believed to have sparked two grass fires at Como and Cooroibah on the Sunshine Coast.
While high rainfall was recorded in areas to the south, the weather bureau said the thunderstorms produced little rain in most parts.
Gympie received only 2mm, with Widgee faring marginally better with 31mm of rain.
Energex said lightning and gusts of wind blacked out about 10,000 customers in the South Burnett and on the Darling Downs.
The bureau said the next few days would stay very hot, with today’s temperature expected to reach 36°C.