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Another torrid morning in Cairns

Ben Domensino, Tuesday November 27, 2018 - 12:19 AEDT

Cairns just broke its pre-2018 November heat record for the second day in a row.

The temperature at Cairns Airport had already exceeded 42 degrees by 11am on Tuesday, making this the second consecutive day to break city's pre-2018 November heat record of 37.2 degrees. The last two days were also hotter than any other day on record at Cairns Airport prior to 2018, during any month of the year.

A stifling air mass lingering over parts of northern and central Queensland, combined with a surge of westerly winds, are responsible for this week's record-breaking heat.

On Monday, a number of all-time heat records were broken along Queensland's central and northern tropical coasts. These included:

Proserpine 44.9C - new record for any month

Cairns Racecourse 43.6C - new record for any month

Cairns Airport 42.6C - new record for any month at this site

Innisfail Airport 42.0C - new record for any month

South Johnstone - 41.3C - new record for any month

Mackay Airport 39.7C - new record for any month

Low Isles 38.9C - new record for any month

As of 11am EST on Tuesday, the running maximum temperatures in Cairns were 42.1 degrees at the Airport and 41.0 degrees at the Racecourse weather station. The day's maximum temperature should occur within the next hour before a sea breeze brings cooler air to Cairns.

Visit to check the latest running maximum temperatures in Queensland.

- Weatherzone

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