QUEENSLAND has sweltered through its hottest September day ever, with temperature records smashed in 30 towns across the state.
The highest temperature recorded was 41.4 degrees Celsius at Taroom, west of Maryborough, while the mercury soared past 40 degrees in another eight localities.
Brisbane-based meteorologist Matthew Bass said Thursday's scorcher had rewritten the history books as many towns had records dating back more than 100 years.
``These are new records and some of these places have records dating back the late 1800s,'' he told AAP.
Roma, for instance, recorded a maximum of 40.1 degrees on Thursday - the highest since its weather station opened in 1889.
Longreach, Emerald, Moranbah, Dalby, Oakey and Toowoomba were also among the towns that sweated through their hottest September day.
Friday, September 27, 2013
It's been hot
It really is an unusually hot spring in Queensland: