DOING IT TOUGH: Rural farmers are struggling with the lack of rain.
DOING IT TOUGH: Rural farmers are struggling with the lack of rain. Lauren Gallagher

No rain in sight as heat rises

THERE is no respite in sight from the dry weather currently gripping the Western Downs.

In fact, rising temper- atures this weekend will only intensify the situation.

According to a spokeswoman from the Bureau of Meteorology, Dalby is in for a torrid few days.

"There is a hot air mass currently sitting over central Australia and a trough moving towards Dalby, so north-westerly winds will drag heat across the region,” the spokeswoman said.

Saturday is expected to reach 34 degrees, before Sunday climbs to 35 degrees.

The spokeswoman said those temperatures were significantly above average, and the hot weather would continue well into next week.

"September's maximum average temperature is usually about 25 degrees, but it will be up to 10 degrees above that over the weekend and will continue to linger in the 30s over Monday and Tuesday,” she said.

"September's minimum average temperature is usually nine degrees, but over the next few days it will climb into the mid teens.”

The trough is a slow-moving system, which is why the the temperature will be raised for a prolonged time across south-west Queensland.

The spokeswoman said there was no significant rain forecast in the next seven days, leading to an elevated bushfire risk.

"Nothing significant is expected in the next seven days. It will just be hot, dry and windy,'' she said.

"These conditions lead to elevated fire dangers, with the fire danger rating likely to hit severe on Sunday.”

The spokeswoman said there was a chance for a possible shower Friday, but it would not bring much rain if it arrives.


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