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Get Ready! A Heatwave and A Metre of Rain Expected In Qld

A heatwave that could break records is sweeping southern Queensland and relief is almost a week away.

And as the south swelters, the far north has been swamped with almost a metre of rain falling in the past seven days and more on the way.

The Bureau of Meteorology says heatwave conditions are already being felt in the south, including the populated southeast corner.

Brisbane is tipped to get to 34C on Wednesday, well above the average temperature of 29C for this time of year.

The Gold Coast is also expected to reach 34C, with the Sunshine Coast a little cooler at 32C.

The mercury is expected to climb a whopping seven degrees beyond the average maximum in some southern parts of the state on Wednesday.

"Places inland, around Ipswich, Gatton, the Darling Downs and through the Maranoa/Warrego and Channel Country are really feeling the heat," BOM forecaster Adam Woods told AAP on Wednesday.

The outback towns of Birdsville and Thargomindah are expected take the title of Queensland's hottest towns, with 44C forecast on Wednesday and 45C on Thursday.

And Queenslanders shouldn't expect much relief even at night.

"The minimum temperatures are expected to be well up over the next few days, and may break some records," Mr Woods said.

On Tuesday night, the mercury remained at between 32C and 35C in parts of the southwest, nine degrees higher than the average minimum temperature for that region.

Very hot and humid conditions are expected to persist until Sunday and Monday when the cooling effects of a trough will be felt.

In Queensland's soggy north, even more rain is expected in coming days but it won't match the drenching recorded over the past week.

"There's been almost a metre of rain up in the north tropical coast district," Mr Woods said.

A weather station on the Johnstone River at Innisfail, south of Cairns, recorded 946mm in the week to 9am on Tuesday.

It sounds like a lot but the far north is used to such deluges. Bellenden Ker, about half an hour's drive north of Innisfail, holds the Australian record for the highest annual rainfall total in a year: 12.4 metres in the year 2000.

A weak low pressure system off Cairns has been generating the rain but it's expected to ease as the system moves inland on Wednesday.

"But there is still a high to very high chance of rainfall about the north of the state for the next few days," Mr Woods said.

"And there is another low that's just formed, 700km east, northeast of Cooktown."

At this stage the chance of it forming into a cyclone in the next few days is considered very low.


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