Record smashing heatwave has Darling Downs sizzling
UPDATE: The predicted spring scorcher has arrived on the Darling Downs with the mercury reaching a sizzling 39.9 degrees in Miles.
The record breaking temperature was recorded at 11.40am.
The previous highest September temperature on record was 36.6 degrees in 1988.
In Toowoomba, it was 32.7 degrees at 12.30pm. It reached 34.2 at 1.49pm.
The previous record was 32.1 degrees, which was set in 2000.
Records are being broken across south-west Queensland, with the hottest temperatures recorded at Roma (40.1 at 12.16pm), St George (39.2 at 12.34pm) and Warwick (35.1 at 2.05pm).
EARLIER: Toowoomba, get ready for a scorcher.
The Bureau of Meteorology has predicted that September temperature records will be "smashed" today, with the mercury set to rise to 34 degrees in the Garden City.
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The highest September temperature on record was 32.1 degrees, set on September 29, 2000.
Forecaster Lauren Murphy said it was likely a fire weather warning would also be issued for the Darling Downs, with severe to extreme fire danger.
She said Toowoomba and Darling Downs residents should prepare for a sweltering day.
"(The record) should be smashed," she said.
"A vigorous trough is approaching through the central interior, which is going to drag in hot continental air.
"It's just been stewing over central Australia for about a week."
Further west, Chinchilla, Roma and Charleville have 39 degrees forecast for today.
But it's not just the heat - Toowoomba could be in for a layer of dust, Ms Murphy said.
"We might see a bit of dust with this trough coming through.
"The last trough we saw moving through central Australia did pick up a bit of dust, and this one will be even stronger.
"So it will be dusty and gusty."
The mercury should drop tomorrow, with a cooler change following the trough.
Toowoomba Hospital executive director Dr Peter Gillies said as temperatures rose, it was important people looked after their health by staying cool and hydrated.
"During hot days your body craves hydration and will let you know if you are not drinking enough water," he said.
"From headaches to your urine being a darker yellow, these are all signs you need to increase your fluids."
Dr Gillies said it was important to monitor family, friends and neighbours who may be more prone to heat-related illnesses, including the elderly, infants and pregnant and breastfeeding women.
- Average September minimum: 8.5. Average September maximum:20.9.
- Average temperatures this month: minimum 12.0, maximum 24.0.
- Highest Toowoomba September maximum on record: 32.1, September 19, 2000.
- Highest Toowoomba September minimum on record: 19.2, September 30, 2000.
- Highest Toowoomba temperature on record: 38.2, December 10, 2009.
- Lowest Toowoomba temperature on record: -1.8, July 19, 2004.
- Today 17 - 34, fine and sunny, windy.
- Tomorrow 16 - 27, mostly fine, possible shower.
- Saturday 15 - 24, showers, storm.
- Sunday 12 - 16, sunny.
- Monday 11 - 25, mostly sunny.