An extreme heatwave will sweep across many parts of Queensland from this weekend, with no reprieve in sight for at least a week.
Western, central and northern parts of the state will cop the worst of it with temperatures expected to soar above 40 degrees and break heat records, while in Brisbane the top temp will say in the mid to high 30s.
The nights will also be unbearable, with lows of only 24 or 25 degrees expected.
It's a combination of an upper-level system that's producing a hot air mass, and a lack of air mass changes meaning there's no other weather systems moving through to bring a cool change.
"A quite significant heat event on the horizon," said Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Harry Clark.
"This event is going to be quite prolonged, so it is a severe heatwave we are expecting."
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