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CQ to sizzle through weekend heat wave

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A “low intensity” heat wave is on the way to Central Queensland with the mercury to peak up to five degrees above average in some places.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns, however, there will be pockets of “severe heat wave” conditions, particularly around the Capricornia area.

A trough - which is moving over parts of Western Queensland - is pushing hot air over places like Rockhampton and Biloela.

BOM forecaster Rosa Hoff says we can expect above average temperatures over the next three days.

“[It will be] more of a day-time warmth than a night-time warmth,” Ms Hoff says.

“The heat wave will be low intensity for south east and central Queensland, but we will have pockets of severe heat wave conditions, particularly around the Capricornia area.”

But it won’t last too long.

The warmer air will be pushed offshore as the trough moves through, replaced by showers and storms by the end of the weekend.

On Sunday, temperatures will reach 37C in Rockhampton, 34C in Gladstone, 33C in Yeppoon, 33C at Emu Park and 36C at Mount Morgan.