Six degrees below average temperature fluctuations aside, the water is going to be the best place to be in the coming days. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily
Six degrees below average temperature fluctuations aside, the water is going to be the best place to be in the coming days. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily

Wintry morning shocks after scorcher

THE Sunshine Coast woke to a surprise this morning few would have expected given forecasts of mid-to-high 30C temperature maximums over the next seven days.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Jess Gardner said the minimum overnight temperature plummeted to 13.5C at 5.21am at Sunshine Coast Airport, more than six degrees below the December average of 19.8C.

The astonishing temperature anomaly ahead of a day when the temperature maximum would reach 33C on the coast and 36C inland at Nambour was caused by a dew point that was down to 12.5C at the airport, a number Ms Gardner was surprising so close to the coast.

Even a water temperature of 24C recorded at the Mooloolaba Wave Buoy in 30 metres of water off Yaroomba, was insufficient for early morning swimmers not to emerge feeling chilly.

A hot, smoke hazy day lies ahead with dry westerlies at 15-20 kmh before a cooling north, northeast sea breeze kicks in on the coast.

Similar relief was unlikely to penetrate inland any further than the Bruce Highway.

Temperatures would ramp up to 34C on Friday on another hot mostly-sunny day and a much hotter 38C in Nambour.

Dry north westerlies at 15-25 kmh would fluctuate to the north, north east before swinging back to the north, north west making for a tough day for fire fighters.

The heat would persist into Saturday reaching 35C on the coast and 38C in Nambour but with the chance of showers and an afternoon thunder storm.

Winds from the north west at 15-20 kmh would fluctuate from the north west to the north east at 15-25 kmh through the middle of the day and then drop out.

A cool change late Saturday would push Sunday’s maximum down to 29C on the coast and to 30C inland with south-easterly winds at 15-25 kmh dropping out later in the day.

By Wednesday winds would be back to the north, northwest with day time maximums rising to 32C on the beach and 34C inland.

But Ms Gardner said midweek now shaped as the best chance od decent rain for the region in some time.