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Heatwave reprieve on the way in Qld

AAP logoAAP 12/01/2017

Many Queenslanders in the grip of a lengthy heatwave can look forward to some relief with showers and possible thunderstorms on the way.

The mercury hit 33.3C in Brisbane on Friday, four degrees above the average for this time of year.

Birdsville was the state's hottest town with the a top of 44.6C, while many other towns recorded temperatures around 40C.

Paramedics responded to 25 heat-related incidents on Friday, mostly in the state's southeast.

Sweltering conditions are again expected on Saturday, with a top of 34C forecast for Brisbane and maximums of around 40C expected in the state's southwest.

But the Bureau of Meteorology says conditions will cool before the weekend is over.

Meteorologist Sean Fitzgerald said temperatures would drop in the southeast on Sunday, and those in the west would feel the relief a bit sooner with storms possible in Ipswich and in the Darling Downs.

Mr Fitzgerald said there had been little reprieve from the blistering heat, with high night time temperatures since Wednesday night.

"The humidity has also been pretty high," he said.

Barcaldine, in the state's central west, broke the record for its highest January minimum with the mercury only dropping to 30.9C on Friday.

There were hopes Thargomindah would break the record for the state's highest January minimum temperature, but the temperature dipped below the 34.5C required.

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