News

Fire danger, cyclone warnings, high temps on way for CQ

BEATING THE HEAT: It’s going to be a hot summer. Best place to be is under the water at East Shores (above), or at the pool.
BEATING THE HEAT: It’s going to be a hot summer. Best place to be is under the water at East Shores (above), or at the pool. Mike Richards

ENJOY the cooler weather while it lasts, central Queensland, because according to Brendan Bradford, things are about to heat up.

The Rockhampton Bureau of Meteorology technical officer said the El Nino weather event being observed in Australia was very similar to the summer of 1997-98.

"We are going to have a pretty warm summer," Mr Bradford said.

"We are forecast for above-average day and night temperatures and a drier summer with below-average rainfall.

"There will be less wide spread showers but an increase in severe, isolated thunderstorms with damaging winds and hail."

While average October temperatures varied between a low of 17 degrees and a maximum of 29.6 degrees, Mr Bradford said CQ residents could expect temperatures in the 30s next week.

"Temperatures will reach about 30 in Rocky over the long weekend," Mr Bradford said.

"There will be a high fire danger this weekend with gusty, south-easterly winds.

"But inland temperatures in CQ will start to rise towards the end of next week and should reach the mid-30s by Friday."

As for rain and cyclones, Mr Bradford said CQ was looking pretty dry for now.

"The storms we saw earlier this week have moved off the coast and we're going to have a dry weekend," he said.

"Showers may return next week but they will be mainly on the coast.

"We are preparing to launch a 'get ready' cyclone campaign on October 12 and we will have some idea of cyclone activity after that."

Topics:  cyclone warning, el nino, fire warning, summer




UPDATE: 25-year-old man dies in Benaraby collision, video:

Fatal motorbike accident at Benaraby.Photo Mike Richards / The Observer

Its been confirmed the man who died at the scene of the crash was 25

Gladstone ice user busted twice driving when court disqualified

A GLADSTONE court was told that a young woman’s drug of choice was ice but she was now actively trying to do something about her addiction.

Ice is no drug of choice, it's dangerous, woman told by court.

Fishing industry squeezed out by new 60% target

THE fishing industry is casting its eye over the State Government’s green paper on fisheries management reform.

FISHING industry casting eye over State Government's green paper

Latest deals and offers

What's on the small screen this week

MasterChef Australia's final four contestants, from left, Harry Foster, Elena Duggan, Elise Franciskovic and Matt Sinclair.

MASTERCHEF makes way for The Bachelor on Ten's reality TV slate.

Guy Sebastian a hit at Splendour in the Grass

Guy Sebastian performs at Splendour in the Grass with Paces.

REALITY TV judge a hit with festival crowd.

Superheroes of the big screen enjoy sounds of Splendour

CHRIS Hemsworth and his Avengers mates drop by Byron festival.

Indigenous artist shows tourists secrets of Aboriginal painting

Ever thought "I could do that" about Aboriginal art?

Dynamic pics from Splendour Day 1

The Strokes perform at Splendour in the Grass 2016. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

Check out the latest pictures from Splendour in the Grass.

Bindi Irwin: 18 magic photos to mark her 18th birthday

Bindi Irwin with a python.

Photos: Bindi Irwin from babyhood to 18

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

72-year-old Coast developer set to start new project

GREEN LIGHT: The Cosmopolitan has been approved for development at Cotton Tree.

Meet the Canberran set to deliver another chapter for Coast suburb

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

The climb is slow but property on the way up

Michael Matusik, director of Matusik Property Insights.Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin

The improvement would be mild when compared to past cycles