PICTURE perfect morning on the Noosa River after a cold start saw temperatures drop to 4.2 at Sunshine Coast Airport and 9.1 degrees at Tewantin. When this photo at Noosaville was taken at 7am the gauge read 13.1 degrees.
PICTURE perfect morning on the Noosa River after a cold start saw temperatures drop to 4.2 at Sunshine Coast Airport and 9.1 degrees at Tewantin. When this photo at Noosaville was taken at 7am the gauge read 13.1 degrees. John McCutcheon

Heatwave to follow week of cold mornings

WINTER cold early mornings on the Sunshine Coast this week will be followed by day time highs that push past 30 degrees in Nambour by Tuesday.

The temperature dropped to just 4.2 degrees at Sunshine Coast Airport at 4.21am after hitting 4.5 degrees with an apparent temperature of 1.6 degrees at 4am.

By 6.30am the gauge had only climbed to 6.4 degrees with an apparent temperature of only 3.8 degrees with Warwick the coldest place in southern Queensland dropping to -1.6 degrees.

But Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Jim Richardson says warmer weather is on the way with overnight minimums rising to double figures by the weekend and maximums set to reach 31 degrees in Nambour by Wednesday.

The coastal strip can expect to be a degree or two cooler than that but still in the high 20s after reaching 25 degrees on Monday.

Today will climb to 26, one degree above the September average on what will be a sunny day with light winds after a cool start.

Mr Richardson has warned there's only a slight (20%) chance of rain on Sunday with the rest of the weekend and into the end of next week at least likely to continue the dry weather trend that has persisted through winter and into Spring.

The BOM is also maintaining a high fire danger.

Friday will see another 26 degree maximum after an overnight low of 10 which may prove cooler with south westerlies at 15-25 kmh becoming lighter later in the day.

Temperatures Saturday are expected to range from 10-24 degrees on a sunny day with light winds becoming east south easterly at 15-25 kmh before fading in the evening.

Sunday carries some chance for rain in the morning although Mr Richardson said it was unlikely on a day which will hit a 23 degree peak and the sun emerge in the afernoon. Expect light winds early lifting to 20 kmh from the east.

Monday will see sunny conditions with winds light early before increasing in strength from the north west to north east at 15-25 kmh on a day with a temperature range from 11-25 degrees.

Tuesday will hit 29 degrees on the coastal strip and 30 degrees in Nambour on a sunny day with light winds early increasing to 20 kmh from the north north east.

The winds will reach 20 kmh on Wednesday from the north west to north west with warm air being pushed in ahead of a trough again lifting the day time maximum to 29 degrees on the coast and 31 in Nambour.