Little reprieve in sight for central and north Queensland as sweltering heatwave conditions continue

It’s only the fourth day of the month but temperature records for March have been broken in central and northern Queensland, with little reprieve in sight from the extreme heatwave conditions.

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Laura Boekel said much of the region was seeing temperatures well above average, for both the minimum and maximum temperatures.

“For example, Innisfail and Cairns is looking to be 36 degrees Celsius today, where their March average is 30.5C. So pretty significantly above average,” Ms Boekel said.

Several temperature records have also been tumbled.

“Yesterday, Emerald got to 42.1C, which broke their March record… Mackay airport on the central coast [got to] 34.7C, also breaking a record. ”

BOM forecaster Brooke Pagel said the warmer temperatures would be sticking around.

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