How the heatwave will affect southwest Queensland
A heatwave that is expected to hit southeast and central Queensland the hardest will be delivering similar temperatures to towns across the southwest.
Bureau of Meteorology meteorologist Jonathan How told News Corp maximum temperatures about 6C to 12C above average can be expected from Monday, February 22.
"The worst of the heat will be centred around the Capricorn district but we will see above average temperatures stretch down to Brisbane and inland as well, as far west as places like Longreach and Birdsville," he said.
Forecasts predict Roma will hit 38C on Monday and 39C on Tuesday, February 23, with temperatures starting to lower as rain comes to the southwest.
Charleville is forecast to reach 39C on both Monday and Tuesday, with a possible shower on Wednesday, February 24, as the weather starts to cool down.
Cairns is expected to hit 32C and 34C on Monday and Tuesday respectively, and although there will be some showers, it will be cooler than southwest Queensland.
But southwest Queensland won't be as hot as Rockhampton at 41C.