Relief from heat still days away as region swelters
RELIEF from Mackay's sweltering temperatures is still days away, with no rain expected until at least Saturday.
The temperature soared to 34.1 degrees at 12.30pm today, but with 91 per cent humidity and an 11km/h northerly breeze, the apparent temperature was 44.1.
At Mackay airport, it reached 35.1 (an apparent temperature of 38.3) at 12.17pm.
Clermont's maximum, at 1.54pm, was 41 degrees. Moranbah hit 41.9 at 1.57pm. Proserpine reached 37.4 at 2pm.
Mackay's February average minimum and maximum are 23 and 30.
Annabelle Ford, meteorologist at the Bureau of Meteorology, said rain would likely fall over the region at the weekend.
"(With) a bit of instability developing inland, from today we could see storms popping up over inland areas," Ms Ford said.
"(It's) a bit more stable along the coast, so you probably won't see anything in Mackay until later in the week... with a chance of showers and maybe a thunderstorm on Saturday in Mackay."
The prolonged heat wave is being felt across the state, especially in inland areas, where conditions are extreme.
Yesterday Mackay Airport recorded a maximum of 35 degrees. Inland yesterday, Moranbah reached 41.7 and Clermont reached 41.8.
Temperatures are expected to stay high with a a forecast high of 34-35 for the next three days, and overnight lows of 24-25.
Hot conditions are expected to continue across the state into early next week.
"There is no real cool change expected for the next week, we've got temperatures coming down a degree or two over the weekend and it will be slightly less humid, it won' feel quite as bad," Ms Ford said.
"We've got a broad area of low pressure over Queensland but it is a really static pattern at the moment."