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Extreme heatwave to hit southern Queensland

AAP logoAAP 29/11/2016 David Sigston

The mercury is set to soar above 40 degrees across southern Queensland over the weekend as summer arrives with gusto in the sunshine state.

An extreme heatwave is expected to sweep through the region from Thursday - the first official day of summer - until the beginning of next week.

Birdsville and Cunnamulla are set to swelter through 43C heat, while Brisbane can expect temperatures in the mid 30s according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

Meteorologist Jeanine Yuasa said the temperatures in Brisbane would be about 5C above average for this time of year.

The scorching conditions are due to a dry, air mass sweeping in from central Australia, she told AAP.

Maximum temperatures during southern Queensland heatwave

* Birdsville 43C Friday

* Cunnamulla 43C Friday

* Roma 42C Saturday

* Charleville 41C Friday

* Ipswich 38C Saturday

* Brisbane 35C Saturday

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