A strong, cool southerly change will bring welcome relief to residents in Brisbane on Monday, signalling a pause to the sweltering heatwave conditions.
Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Michelle Berry said the cool front would begin to move in Sunday night, with the coming days likely to be free from the previous week’s record-breaking conditions.
But Ms Berry said the soupy humidity settled over Brisbane would remain in place until Monday night, leading to moist and showery conditions.
Electrical storms and dry winds in the surrounding south-west and westerly parts of the state would continue to fuel severe fire dangers in those parts Ms Berry said.
“There’s more chance of a bit of rainfall for the south-east but not much for those other parts of the state,” she said.
“Tomorrow, we’ll see some showers – lots of moisture and precipitation in the morning – then tomorrow evening we’ll see the humidity really start to drop off making for pleasant conditions by Monday night and into Tuesday.”
Brisbane is looking for a top of 31 degrees on Monday, with showers possible for Tuesday amid an expected high of 28 degrees.
Clouds are likely to settle in by Wednesday and Thursday, when temperatures are set to rise again.
Australia’s exceptionally hot weather has made headlines around the world, with Moomba in the far northeast of South Australia on Saturday recording a maximum temperature of 49.6 degrees - the highest temperature recorded in Australia in 15 years.
In Queensland Thargomindah - about 1100 kilometres west of Brisbane – hit 45.1 degrees on Sunday while nearby Birdsville reached 43.1, a few notches below the state’s all-time record of 49.5 set on December 24, 1972.
Australia's record is held by Oodnadatta in South Australia which hit 50.7 degrees in January 1960.