Warm day in Gladstone as heatwave out west continues

WITH above-average temperatures continuing in Gladstone, New Year's Eve is set to be warm, but not as warm as Sunday was.

New Year revellers can expect a top of 33 degrees on Tuesday, with the chance of a late shower.

New Year's Day will be slightly cooler with a top of 31 degrees.

Sunday's top of 34.8 was the hottest day of December, but well below the record temperature of 39.3, recorded on December 27, 1998.

The average temperature for Gladstone is 30 degrees.

Further north, Rockhampton experienced it hottest day in nearly 20 years on Monday, with the mercury reaching 41.5 degrees at 2.30pm.

Bureau of Meteorology observer Damian Ousley said neutral weather conditions were causing the temperature to soar.

"It looks to be cooling down by the end of the week with temperatures around 38 degrees (in Rockhampton)."

He said Rockhampton may have the lowest amount of rainfall for December on record if it didn't rain on Tuesday.

In the west of the state a heatwave is continuing to break records, with soaring temperatures set to continue.

On Monday Roma, Blackall and Urandangi broke temperature records. Roma reached a scorching 45.5 degrees, beating Sunday's record of 44.7C.

Weather forecaster Amber Young told News Ltd western Queensland was in a prolonged heatwave and it was not surprising many towns had broken records.

"Inland parts of Queensland have been above 40 degrees for much of the past week," she said.

Ms Young said the heatwave was due to a stagnant and static air mass that had been simmering over the continent for the past week with nothing to shift it.

The heatwave is likely to last until at least Thursday with the possibility of it continuing to Friday.

Brisbane was a cooler place to be on Monday, hitting only 31.1 degrees.