Hot week kicks off New Year

By SAM BENGERsamb@gladstoneobserver.com.au

GLADSTONE residents are in for a hot week to kick off the New Year, with temperatures expected to be in the mid-30s for the next few days.

Rockhampton Weather Bureau forecaster Mike Griffin said conditions would be warm today and tomorrow, with a cooler change expected in time for the weekend.

"Residents in the Gladstone region can expect sultry conditions for the next couple of days, with a cooler change setting in towards the end of the week, with a possible shower or two and the chance of a thunderstorm late on Thursday or Friday ,'' Mr Griffin said.

He said temperatures along the coast would be in the mid-30s today, while further inland temperatures were expected to reach the high 30s.

"We're expecting a lot of cloud cover today and tomorrow, so it will be interesting to see if that knocks down the temperature at all,'' he said.

Mr Griffin said residents could expect high humidity during the day, with seabreezes cooling things down in the afternoons.

"These are ideal conditions for boaties, particularly in the mornings, with relatively no winds, and seabreezes not picking up until the afternoons,'' he said.

He said moderate to fresh north-north-easterly winds may create swells of around half-a-metre in the late afternoon from today onwards.

"Winds from the north-east will be mostly off land, which will mean they're not as cool as the easterly seabreezes, and will keep temperatures relatively warm,'' he said.

Mr Griffin said while conditions would be warm over coming days, residents could expect some respite towards the end of the week, with a cooler weekend predicted.



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