SEEKING SHADE: Kids escaping the heat in the Banyan tree in Queens Park, Maryborough. Pictured is Erin,11, Hayley, 6, Daniel,4, and Taylor, 8, Guy from Hervey Bay.
SEEKING SHADE: Kids escaping the heat in the Banyan tree in Queens Park, Maryborough. Pictured is Erin,11, Hayley, 6, Daniel,4, and Taylor, 8, Guy from Hervey Bay. Alistair Brightman

Maryborough reaches hottest Feb temp in more than a decade

MARYBOROUGH is expected to hit it's highest February temperature in more than a decade on Tuesday - a scorching 36 degrees Celsius.

The last time the mercury rose to that that high during the month was on February 9, 2005, when the top temp reached 26.5 degrees. 

Hervey Bay will reach a sultry 33 degrees Celsius on Tuesday, with humidity at 79% recorded earlier at 9.30am, an overnight southerly change will see conditions ease in the next few days.

Bureau of Meteorology meteorologist Jess Carey said temperatures in Maryborough would drop to about 31 degrees Celsius from Wednesday onwards with 30 degrees Celsius predicted for Hervey Bay.

Hervey Bay experienced the hottest night since 2004 with a steamy 27.6 degrees overnight Monday. 

Between five and 10mm of rainfall is predicted for areas within the Fraser Coast on Tuesday.

"With the southerly change the storm activity will be focused on the north...(and) usually with a southerly change it brings showers with it but not thunderstorms," Mr Carey said.

Overnight temperatures from Tuesday night onwards are forecast to be within the low 20 degree Celsius range.

A BOM flood warning issued at 9.24 on Monday stated river levels in Howard had fallen "below the minor flood level following a peak of 4.96 metres on Sunday afternoon."

"(Because of) all the water flowing out of Lenthalls Dam in the local catchment area, it did get up to flood warning criteria level," Mr Carey said of the Burrum River situation in Howard.

A fresh update for Howard is expected to be released on Tuesday, Mr Carey said.

Remember: If it's flooded, forget it.

For flood emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500

For life threatening emergencies, call Triple Zero (000) immediately