THE Darling Downs will receive its fair share of the heatwave sweeping the nation, with temperatures set to soar at the weekend.
THE Darling Downs will receive its fair share of the heatwave sweeping the nation, with temperatures set to soar at the weekend. Bureau of Meteorology

Downs swelters as nation enters heatwave mode

THE Darling Downs will receive its fair share of the heatwave sweeping the nation, with temperatures set to soar at the weekend.

Bureau of meteorology forecaster Adam Blazak said the Darling Downs would experience a "low intensity heatwave" as the week progressed.

"We have a high-pressure system in the Tasman, and it's what we call a blocking system," he said.

"It hasn't moved anywhere this week and every time a south-westerly change comes through it pushes the cooler weather south.

"There are also winds coming from a north-west direction, bringing warm winds from central Queensland over the Darling Downs."

Mr Blazak said the conditions would culminate in temperatures five or six degrees above the monthly average in Toowoomba and the surrounds.

"Temperatures in Toowoomba will reach close to the mid-thirties starting from tomorrow, and we have predicted highs of nearly 40 degrees for Goondiwindi and 37 degrees for Oakey," he said.

"This will be a few degrees above the January maximum average of 28 degrees for Toowoomba and 31 degrees for Oakey.

"Luckily, the evenings will remain fairly cool - saving the Downs from a severe heatwave."

Mr Blazak said there would be little reprieve from the stifling temperatures heading into next week, with a small drop predicted on Monday.

"There will only be a slight drop in temperatures at the start of next week - only by a couple of degrees."

The RSPCA are warning owners to keep an eye on their pets as the temperatures peak at the weekend, preparing a piece on how to recognise heat stroke in pets

Elsewhere in the country extreme heatwave conditions are causing concern, with record-breaking temperatures recorded across the country. 

The NSW Health Department has said it's now the worst heat the state has experienced for a prolonged period since 2011, when a heatwave increased the mortality rate by 13 per cent and hospital admissions by 14 per cent.

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