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Maximum July temperature records broken across outback Queensland

Craig Fitzsimmons, Saturday July 31, 2021 - 22:52 AEST
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Water trucks were used to keep dust low and tempratures down at the Qaumby Rodeo. - ABC

Record July maximum temperatures have been rewritten across outback Queensland as the state basked in an unseasonal mid-winter spring day.

The warm weather didn?t stop a ghost town in north-west Queensland coming back to life with around 3,000 people flocking to Quamby, north of Cloncurry, for a bush rodeo.

The warm weather meant it wasn?t only the cowboys in the arena feeling the heat.

Records tumble across outback Queensland

The mercury hit 36.0C in Lake Julius, north of Mount Isa, making it the hottest place in the state.

This is just short of the state?s hottest July day on record, which was set when Richmond experienced 36.1C in 2010.

Boulia surpassed its likely [database fragmentation] previous record set 135 years ago, peaking at 34.2C.

Charleville in the state?s south-west beat a 70-year-old record with 30.7C.

Felim Hannify, Senior Meteorologist Bureau of Meteorology, said it was a warm day across the state and the warm days were expected to last through Monday before a cool change.

?Hot for another two days, then cooling off significantly as we go through to the middle of this week,? he said.

?From Tuesday the temperatures are expected to cool off in the far west.

?It?ll be quite chilly nights, so you?ll get that spring volatility so hot to not.?


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