WARM WEATHER: Dalby is in for a hot dry week with temperatures hitting up to 10 degrees above average
WARM WEATHER: Dalby is in for a hot dry week with temperatures hitting up to 10 degrees above average

Near record-breaking heat to hit the west

ALMOST record-breaking heat will scorch residents this week from Dalby to Roma as the mercury sets to rise to 41 degrees in some areas.

Wednesday's temperature will soar towards the November record of 40.5 degrees in 1996 with a balmy 39 degrees forecast, meanwhile Roma is set for a 41 degree day, just two degrees less than the highest on record. 

Bureau of Meteorology meteorologist Dean Narramore said the west. is in for a hot dry week with consistent temperatures up to 10 degrees above average.

Mr Narramore said an ocean breeze from the east over the last few days will be contrasted by a wind change tomorrow.

"Winds will swing around more to a north/north westerly wind tomorrow which will drag a lot of heat from inland parts of the state towards our area so temperatures are likely to get into the high 30s, to around 40 degrees due to that," he said.


Hot temperatures will stick around for the rest of the week and into the weekend with a max of 36 degrees forecast for Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

"Unfortunately there's no real cool change, the winds will change from a north/north westerly to a north/north easterly and we'll see temperatures drop down a little bit but we're still expecting mid to high 30s to continue for much of the week and into the weekend," Mr Narramore said.

"We may see a chance of a shower or thunderstorm isolated about the northern parts of the downs as we get to the end of the weekend but it'll be very isolated and the majority of people will see nothing unfortunately."

Mr Narramore said while there's no widespread rain on the radar, wet season is just around the corner.

"The good news is we're one day closer to rain, even though there's no rain to forecast we're getting one day closer and we are heading into the wet season as well," he said.

"November and December is sort of our storm season and once you get into January, February, March it can get quite wet and stormy in this part of the world."

Mr Narramore advised fire danger will remain very high in the region for the next few days.