Lee Duffield

Edited by Lee Duffield
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Brisbane breaks temperature record

Brisbane has smashed a 63-year-old August temperature record as the mercury soared to 35.4 degrees Celsius just before 4:00pm AEST today.

The abnormally high winter temperatures have been driven by north-westerly winds bringing warmer air from the northern tropics.

Crowds embraced the heat at Southbank: Jessica Best.

Crowds embraced the heat at Southbank: Jessica Best.

The Bureau of Meteorology said 26 of the 60 Queensland weather stations have set records so far during the heat wave.

BoM forecaster Janine Yuasa said the warm weather is set to continue.

“For the next week we’re looking at temperatures that are well above average for Brisbane,” Ms Yuasa said.

“For August and for winter it will be very warm.”

Today crowds flocked to Southbank pool to escape the sweltering heat.

However, not everyone was celebrating with the hot, dry and windy conditions ripe for bushfires.

Emergency Services Minister Neil Roberts urged south-east Queenslanders not to underestimate the risk of fire.

“Whether you live in Coomera, Clermont or Cloncurry – we all must take into account the increased fire threat and fire prone environment we live in,” Mr Roberts said.

While temperatures should decrease to the mid 20s by Wednesday, the hot conditions are expected to return.

“We’re back to north-westerly winds again on Thursday and that will begin to increase temperatures into next weekend,” Ms Yuasa said.

Previously the city’s highest temperature on record for August was 32.8 degrees Celsius in 1946.