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Week-long Qld heatwave starts to break

AAP logoAAP 6/12/2016 Stuart Layt

Queensland is set to break a week-long heatwave, but the heat is likely to be replaced by storms.

Brisbane reached a top of 32.8C on Tuesday, with inland areas again hotter in the mid-30s and parts of southern and central Queensland again jumping above 40C.

Winton in central Queensland topped the state on 44.3C, which was the town's seventh straight day above 40C.

However the weather bureau said some relief is on the way for heat-affected parts of Queensland, with a cool change to start hitting southern parts of the state by Wednesday, extending north and west by Thursday.

However storms are now predicted to affect the southeast from Wednesday and into the weekend.

It follows a sudden storm in southeast Queensland early on Tuesday which dumped 45mm in just seven minutes at Mount Tambourine, and which knocked out power to 17,900 homes across the region.

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