As people on the east coast of Australia prepare to face yet another week of challenging weather conditions, a triple-threat of storms, heatwaves, and humidity is set to test the resilience of residents.
The Bureau of Meteorology’s forecast for Queensland paints a picture of scorching temperatures over the next seven days, with Brisbane expected to endure tops of 35°C and 34°C on Thursday and Friday, respectively.
The impending weather system, described as a triple-whammy, comprises storms that may bring heavy rainfall, oppressive heat, and stifling humidity. This combination poses a unique set of challenges for residents, businesses, and emergency services alike.
To the north, temperatures will linger in the mid-to-high 30s throughout the week, accompanied by widespread rainfall and elevated humidity levels. New South Wales (NSW) is set to experience substantial rainfall as storm systems traverse the region, potentially reaching up to 150mm later in the week.
Meteorologist Dean Narramore from the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) attributes this recent bout of extreme weather to a “water vapour loop” forming off the coast of South Australia.
“Anticipate substantial rainfall and intense thunderstorms to affect a significant portion of southeastern Australia in the upcoming days, all courtesy of an upper-level low-pressure system,” stated Mr Narramore.
“The water vapour loop situated in the South Australian Bight is poised to transition into the southeastern regions of the country, ushering in widespread rain and thunderstorms. This occurrence is imminent due to its convergence with notably warm, moist, and unstable air masses.”
Concurrently, showers of up to 50mm in Queensland are improbable to provide substantial relief, as the wet conditions are anticipated to exacerbate the prevailing hot and humid weather. Projections indicate elevated dew points, reaching up to 24°C, a level classified as “oppressive” humidity. This is expected for towns like Longreach and Ipswich, coupled with peak temperatures of 39°C and 36°C.
Source: The Australian Business Journal