SMART THINKING: Coming up with a smart idea to beat the heat while digging post holes is Troy Poles (front) with Steph Koziel (back, left) and Maddy Koziel.
SMART THINKING: Coming up with a smart idea to beat the heat while digging post holes is Troy Poles (front) with Steph Koziel (back, left) and Maddy Koziel. Nev Madsen

Toowoomba records its hottest day since records kept

DECADES-OLD records have been smashed with the weekend's scorching hot temperatures cementing themselves into history.

Yesterday was officially Toowoomba's hottest day in 60 years of recording keeping, reaching into the 40s for the first time.

On Saturday Toowoomba recorded its equal hottest day on record with 39.5 degrees, before reaching a scorching 40.4 degrees yesterday. The last time Toowoomba got to 39.5 degrees was in January 2014.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Dean Narramore said every observation place in the Darling Downs had broken a record this weekend.

Mr Narramore said one of the hottest places across the region was Gatton, which recorded a February and all-time hottest temperature of 45.7 degrees yesterday. It's previous highest all-time temperature was 44.5 degrees.

Other records broken at the weekend included Miles with a February record of 43.4 degrees, Dalby with a February record of 43 degrees, Oakey with a February record and all-time record of 42.8 degrees, Warwick which set a new February and all-time record of 42.2 degrees and Applethorpe with a new all-time record of 39.7 degrees.

Mr Narramore said 18 records were set across the state, including a state record for the month of February at Thargomindah with 47.2 degrees.

 

HELPING DAD: One-year-old Isaac Hohn found a way to keep cool during Toowoomba's hottest day, by helping wash the family car.
HELPING DAD: One-year-old Isaac Hohn found a way to keep cool during Toowoomba's hottest day, by helping wash the family car. Nev Madsen

He said while temperatures would still be warm today, a cool change would move in towards the middle of the week.

Residents across Toowoomba came up with ways to keep cool, including Troy Poles who wanted some shade while doing some not so comfortable work in the heat.

Mr Poles and three others decided to put up a shade tent while they dug post holes yesterday at a house on West St.

While temperatures will fall during the week, hot conditions as well as a severe fire danger are still forecast for the Darling Downs and Granite Belt today.

There is also the potential for severe to dangerous storms in south east Queensland today, with Higgins Storm Chasing reporting the hot and dry conditions "are about to break in a big way".

"A coastal trough is forecast to push north into the region during Monday triggering scattered shower and thunderstorm activity," Higgins reported.

"Inland regions have an extreme to very high risk of severe and potentially dangerous storms developing."



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