SWELTERING: Above-average temperatures are set to continue this month and into March.
SWELTERING: Above-average temperatures are set to continue this month and into March. Contributed

Feeling hot, hot, hot? Get used to it, forecasters say

FEBRUARY is set to be just as hot and dry as January.

University of Southern Queensland Professor and expert in long term weather forecasting Roger Stone said the South Burnett was in for more of the same weather this month and in March.

"There is nothing too exciting one way or the other, a continuation from what we're all going through,” Prof Stone said.

"The temperature is still above average for the month of February.”

Prof Stone said there was a concern for drought like conditions to return to the South Burnett in winter.

"It's early days yet and worth keeping an eye on,” Prof Stone said.

Weatherzone Meteorologist Graeme Brittain said the climate outlook for most of South East Queensland, including Kingaroy, was dry with a chance of showers from Tuesday to Thursday, but not a lot of rain in the showers. Sunday is expected to reach 40 degrees, 10 degrees above the average temperatures for February.

"It's likely to be warmer than average in Kingaroy in February and going though to March,” Mr Brittain said.

"The greatest chance of rain (this week) is towards the end of the week; until then it's going to remain mostly dry.”

In January this year the average temperature recorded at Kingaroy Airport was 32.4 degrees which is 1.7 degrees higher than the average.

The mercury reached 37.7 degrees on January 14, which was the hottest day of the month.

The minimum temperature last month was 19.3 degrees on average, 1.3 degrees higher than the average for January.

Kingaroy received average rainfall for the month, with 76.4mm recorded.

The average rainfall Kingaroy receives each January is 97.7mm.

This is 78% of the January average for rainfall.

In Queensland, the hottest day recorded in January was at Ballera Gas Fields with 45.4 degrees on January 12.

The warmest town on average was Birdsville with 41.8 degrees.

Birdsville also recorded the warmest night on average, at 29 degrees.

The warmest night of the month was 33.5 degrees on January 20.

Applethorpe was the coolest place in the state last month, with an average of 23.2 degrees.

Innisfail had the wettest month with 107.3mm recorded.