Mini heatwave scorches Queensland and floods inundate NSW

Mini heatwave strikes one Australian state with temperatures soaring to 40 degrees as a rain bomb brings flooding to another – here’s how the weather is looking in your city

  • High temperatures scorched Queensland and floodwaters inundated NSW
  • Mercury reached 40C in regional QLD including Doomadgee and Julia Creek
  • Farmers warned they will be cut off by rising waters from Namoi River in NSW 

High temperatures have scorched parts of Australia while river banks have burst and floodwaters cut off farmers in another state.

On Monday, a mini heatwave moving through regional Queensland raised the mercury to a blistering 40C at Doomadgee and Julia Creek and 35C at Camooweal.

The conditions have been much cooler further south, with floodwaters inundating rural towns prompting several rescues by emergency services in northwest NSW.

High temperatures have scorched parts of Australia while river banks have burst and floodwaters cut off farmers in another state (stock image)

High temperatures have scorched parts of Australia while river banks have burst and floodwaters cut off farmers in another state (stock image)

The conditions have been much cooler further south with floodwaters inundating rural towns prompting several rescues by emergency services in northwest NSW (pictured, Gunnedah after Naomi River flooded)

The conditions have been much cooler further south with floodwaters inundating rural towns prompting several rescues by emergency services in northwest NSW (pictured, Gunnedah after Naomi River flooded)

Forecaster Steven Hadley said the high temperatures would be mostly in northwest Queensland with the mercury reaching 5C to 6C above the September average.

A slow-moving trough will ease the conditions with severe thunderstorms forecast for the Charters Towers, Central Highlands, Rockhampton and Bundaberg regions. 

Northwest NSW farmers have been warned to prepare to be cut off by rising waters after the Namoi River broke its banks. 

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued flood warnings for the river, including major flooding at Wee Waa and Gunnedah after the river peaked early on Sunday.

State Emergency Service spokesman David Rankine said five low-lying houses in Gunnedah were flooded, while a levee was expected to keep water at bay in the town of Wee Waa.

Farmers in the Wee Waa region will likely be cut off due to the state of wet, unsealed roads, and have been advised to move their livestock and machinery to higher ground.

Northwest NSW farmers have been warned to prepare to be cut off by rising waters after the Namoi River broke its banks (pictured, closed roads at Gunnedah)

Northwest NSW farmers have been warned to prepare to be cut off by rising waters after the Namoi River broke its banks (pictured, closed roads at Gunnedah)

A mini heatwave moving through regional Queensland raised the mercury to a blistering 40C at Doomadgee and Julia Creek and 35C at Camooweal on Monday

A mini heatwave moving through regional Queensland raised the mercury to a blistering 40C at Doomadgee and Julia Creek and 35C at Camooweal on Monday

Emergency services are on call to deliver supplies to farming families who become isolated.

He said there were about 20 rescues across the New England region on the weekend, mostly involving people who drove through flood water.

‘That was a bit disappointing, people not being responsible behind the wheel,’ Mr Rankine told ABC news on Monday.

‘That takes a lot of the effort away from our volunteers to help community members when we’re fishing people out of their cars.’

Parts of the central west have also flooded, with the Macquarie-Wambuul River peaking at Wellington, Dubbo, and Narromine.

Forecaster Steven Hadley said the high temperatures would be mostly in northwest Queensland with the mercury reaching 5C to 6C above the September average (stock image)

Forecaster Steven Hadley said the high temperatures would be mostly in northwest Queensland with the mercury reaching 5C to 6C above the September average (stock image)

Mr Rankine said the Dubbo Caravan Park was briefly under an evacuation order on Friday afternoon.

Major flooding is expected at Warren on Monday, though a levee should prevent water inundating the town.

Burrendong Dam, near Wellington, is sitting at 133 per cent, having dropped to below four per cent at the height of the drought.

‘The transformation these communities have seen with all this rain is fantastic,’ Mr Rankine said.

‘Most farmers will tell you mud is money. We hope as we come into harvest the rain does abate in and around October, November, December.’

Five day weather across Australia

Sydney

Monday: Max 23C (cloud clearing)

Tuesday: Min 9C, Max 21C (mostly sunny)

Wednesday: Min 15C, Max 21C (showers)

Thursday: Min 14C, Max 21C (showers)

Friday: Min 14C, Max 20C (showers) 

Brisbane

Monday: Max 29C (sunny)

Tuesday: Min 14C, Max 27C (sunny)

Wednesday: Min 16C, Max 24C (showers developing)

Thursday: Min 17C, Max 27C (a few showers)

Friday: Min 15C, Max 27C (sunny) 

Adelaide

Monday: Max 18C (cloud clearing)

Tuesday: Min 12C, Max 20C (showers developing)

Wednesday: Min 12C, Max 17C (showers easing)

Thursday: Min 11C, Max 19C (partly cloudy)

Friday: Min 10C, Max 17C (possible shower) 

Canberra

Monday: Max 15C (partly cloudy)

Tuesday: Min 0C, Max 19C (morning frost/sunny)

Wednesday: Min 6C, Max 16C (rain)

Thursday: Min 9C, Max 18C (showers)

Friday: Min 9C, Max 19C (showers) 

 Melbourne

Monday: Max 16C (partly cloudy)

Tuesday: Min 8C, Max 19C (partly cloudy)

Wednesday: Min 11C, Max 18C (possible shower)

Thursday: Min 10C, Max 19C (partly cloudy)

Friday: Min 11C, Max 18C (showers)

Perth

Monday: Max 17C (showers)

Tuesday: Min 9C, Max 20C (possible shower)

Wednesday: Min 11C, Max 20C (showers increasing)

Thursday: Min 9C, Max 18C (possible early shower)

Friday: Min 6C, Max 20C (sunny)

Hobart

Monday: Max 15C (partly cloudy)

Tuesday: Min 5C, Max 18C (partly cloudy)

Wednesday: Min 7C, Max 21C (partly cloudy)

Thursday: Min 9C, Max 20C (possible shower)

Friday: Min 11C, Max 17C (showers)

Darwin

Monday: Max 35C (mostly sunny)

Tuesday: Min 25C, Max 34C (shower or two)

Wednesday: Min 25C, Max 25C (mostly sunny)

Thursday: Min 25C, Max 35C (partly cloudy)

Friday: Min 25C, Max 34C (partly cloudy) 

 

Source

Related posts