Hot autumn day doesn't come close to Gladstone record

GLADSTONE'S predicted top temperature of 34 degrees won't be breaking any records today, but it's a different story in the south-east of the state.

Ipswich and Brisbane's western suburbs are set to bear the brunt of an early autumn scorcher, with a top temperature of 39 degrees forecast.

Brisbane city is tipped to reach a top of 36 degrees, which is about eight degrees above the March average.

The heat is being fuelled by a warm, dry air mass heading east from the Queensland outback, where some major centres have recorded a string of days above 40 degrees.

Gladstone's predicted hot day is above the city's long-term average, but not even close to the highest March temperature on record, which is 41 degrees, experienced on March 12, 2007.

The long-term average is 29.7 degrees.

There's a slight chance of a thunderstorm in Gladstone late this afternoon or evening.

Friday's temperature will be a bit lower at 32, followed by 30 on Saturday and Sunday.



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