The mercury is rising in Queensland, with much of the state expected to record temperatures up to 10 degrees above average.
The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) said temperatures were expected to soar over the weekend thanks to inland air currents moving eastwards towards the coast.
BoM senior forecaster Rick Threlfall said it would be particularly noticeable in the state’s south-east, with Gatton and Beaudesert climbing towards 40 degrees.
“The inland parts probably most likely to see the highest temperatures with the coastal strip just seeing that see breeze develop later on today,” Mr Threlfall said.
“Brisbane looking to get up to 35 degrees and a lot of the interior of the state getting into the high 30s or in fact into the low 40s.
“Perhaps up in the north-west of the state somewhere like Urandangi might get to about 42 but also 43 degrees is also possible for Windorah.”
BoM forecaster Michelle Berry earlier said the heatwave was predicted to end on Sunday.
“We will actually see a south-easterly change pushing through into south-eastern Queensland,” she said.
“For Brisbane, we will actually see cooler conditions developing on Sunday.”
But she said temperatures would climb higher again, heading into next weekend.
“We’ve got another hot spell developing right through the south-east. Friday could be the start of another hot couple of days.”